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      TB cases on the rise in Alabama after decade long steady decline

      Tuberculosis cases in the state are on the rise, after a decade of a fairly steady decline.{} Last year, the state had 161 TB cases.{} That's a 10% increase from 2010.{} There's no clear cause for the increase, but health officials say they are watching the numbers closely.{} TB is caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis, which attacks the lungs.

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