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Lucas County Health Dept. needs important funding

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is seeking funding for important community health-monitoring programs.

Toledo-Lucas County Health Commissioner Dr. David Grossman presented his case to the county commissioners Tuesday.

Grossman stressed the importance that the county continue funding a tuberculosis(TB)-monitoring program, which would cost about $40,000. He said the number of TB cases has increased from seven in 2011 to 11 cases during the first three-quarters of 2012.

"Because of the ability for TB to spread so easily, it can be quiet," he said. "If it's not controlled it can spread throughout the community. It's a disease, unfortunately, which covers all strata of society…It can be anywhere, any time."

Grossman also stressed the importance of the county providing $100,000 in funding for expanding the health department's water quality-monitoring, which includes testing of wells and septic tanks.

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