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2005 TB data for Fulton County and state of Georgia, released by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health, shows that Georgia's number of TB cases decreased in 2005 to 505. Health officials at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, which administers the TB Control Program countywide, attribute the decline in TB cases to the systematic use of Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for TB treatment and an aggressive awareness campaign called H.A.L.T. TB.

The H.A.L.T. campaign, which stands for "Hear, Act, Learn, and Treat" TB, was launched in 2005 in collaboration with the state Division of Public Health. The grant-funded awareness campaign included printed educational materials about tuberculosis and advertising on bus shelters and park benches. Educational videos, shown in Fulton County health centers, are also a part of the H.A.L.T. campaign. Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness saw a 95 percent completion rate of TB treatment through Directly Observed Therapy (DOT). DOT regimen coupled with diligence in tracing contacts and educating clients through the H.A.L.T. campaign has led to this unprecedented reduction in reported TB cases.



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