Students and faculty from the John A. Burns School of Medicine spent three weeks screening 5,600 people in Ebeye, Marshall Islands for Tuberculosis, according to a UH News story.
Students Nash Witten and Yusuke Kobayashi and their faculty advisor Seiji Yamada, from JABSOM’S Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, joined volunteers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization to conduct the screenings. According to the story, the screening team consisted of, including Witten and Kobayashi, four physicians, a TB nurse, two program coordinators and an x-ray technician from Lanakila Health Center.
The students’ travel was funded by JABSOM’s Hawai‘i Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center.
In 2015, 137 cases of TB were reported in the Marshall Islands. This is the most recent data published by the CDC. TB is also one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, according to the WHO.
TB is a bacterial infection of the lungs, but it can also affect other organs. Symptoms include coughing, fever, night sweats and weight loss. It can be fatal if not treated properly.