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Mary Mutch: Keep the focus on tuberculosis

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Basketball fans have filled out their March Madness brackets with their team picks. Some filled up Easter baskets with treats. Still others are filling in their garden beds with seeds that will soon grow.

But we must also fill our newspapers with our desire to end the scourge of tuberculosis. March 24 was World Tuberculosis Day, and the real madness is that we've allowed a treatable, curable infection — tuberculosis — to become the world's leading infectious killer.

Throughout the year, leaders on Capitol Hill will make decisions regarding investment to fight this disease next year and in the years to come. From Ebola to Zika, we're reminded that global health threats are just that: global. We cannot afford to ignore tuberculosis — a disease that exploits and exacerbates poverty. This means investing now is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

I hope we can count on our members of Congress to be leaders on TB funding. Let's fill this world with hope.


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