Solano County board joins effort to end world’s deadliest infectious disease

FAIRFIELD — The World Health Organization has set 2030 as the year the most deadly infectious disease is finally eradicated.

Medical officials told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that disease is tuberculosis, with an estimated 10.4 million people around the world contracting TB in 2016, and 1.8 million people dying of the disease.

“Additionally, an estimated 1 million children became ill with TB and 250,000 of them died of the disease,” states a resolution adopted by the board and recognizing March 24 as World Tuberculosis Day.

“The number of people diagnosed in 2016 with tuberculosis in the United States was 9,272 with 2,062 new active cases in California, and 24 cases in Solano County,” the resolution states.

The resolution was presented by board Vice Chairwoman Erin Hannigan.

In other action, the board:

  • Adopt resolutions to recognize March as National Women’s History Month and the selection of Jennifer Barton as Solano County’s Woman of the Year 2018. Barton did not attend the meeting.
  • Appointed Supervisor Jim Spering to the Solano County Consolidated Oversight Board. Supervisor Skip Thomson will be the alternate. Jerry Wilkerson was appointed as a member from the public.
  • Appointed Brenna Benjamin and Wendy Loomas as members at-large to the Solano Partnership Against Violence Advisory Board with terms that end March 13, 2020.
  • Amended a series of employee contracts to substitute an eight-hour lump sum payment to a flat rate of $225.
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