A total of 15 cases of tuberculosis have been identified so far this year on Saipan, according to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., with the number of active ones still at three.
Of the 15 cases, three involves children aged 0 to 5 years old, while the rest are adults.
Despite the number slowly inching to 2015 statistics when 28 cases were identified in the CNMI and in 2014 when there were 32 cases, CHCC officials said there is “no cause for alarm” and that they do not label this as an “uptick” or “increase.”
“We can’t know because we need further data because sometimes it’s also seasonality, it ebbs and flows. In just measuring that, I think it will be kind of arbitrary to kind of say that by this time, its half of the year, why is it more, why is it less. As a trained epidemiologist I don’t like to put my hat on that just yet,” Division of Public Health Services medical director Dr. Ngoc-Phuong Luu said in a press conference held yesterday to “further educate the community.”