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While we drift through the winter season in Montana, many families worry about their children becoming ill. When they do, they head to the doctor’s office and receive medication to make them healthy again.

In other parts of the world, tuberculosis is running rampant and the basic treatment available to us is inaccessible to individuals living in impoverished countries. With 28,000 people becoming sick from TB per day, government action is crucial in ensuring that no individual has to die from TB.

According to the World Health Organization, tuberculosis is now the world’s leading infectious killer, claiming the lives of 5,000 people every single day. This is completely preventable, curable and treatable, so why are we still allowing it to remain a major cause and consequence of poverty?

With several new active cases documented in Montana in 2017, this is an issue that is present within our communities and impacting our neighbors. This infection cannot be erased from Montana if is not erased from the global community.

I hope that we can count on U.S. Sens. Steve Daines, Jon Tester and U.S.  Rep. Greg Gianforte to make sure that the U.S. is tackling TB head-on through robust funding for the Global Fund and PEPFAR.

Kelsey Cooley,

Missoula

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