Does Legacy of Medical Racism Haunts Small Alabama Community ?
Several news outlets are reporting that America’s history of medical racism is responsible for a tuberculosis outbreak in a small Southern town.
According to ThinkProgress, Marion, Alabama, has been hit with a rash of cases of tuberculosis (TB.) The town has reported 253 cases of tuberculosis per 100,000 people, a rate even worse than some developing countries like Kenya and Bangladesh. The statewide rate of TB in Alabama is 2.8.
However, ThinkProgress says tuberculosis has flourished in Marion because many of the Black residents have refused to get screened. Black people, especially the older ones, are generally suspicious of medical professionals anyway, but the people of Marion have good reason to distrust doctors.
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