Center for Tuberculosis Control and Prevention
Description of the Program:
The Maryland Center for Tuberculosis Control and Prevention provides leadership, policy development and technical assistance to local health departments, health care providers and other partners who contribute to the control and prevention of tuberculosis in Maryland. The Maryland TB center is also an active member of a national Center for Disease Control-funded Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium which conducts research toward the goal of eliminating tuberculosis in the United States.
General Standards of Care in Maryland, include the following;
- TB cases and suspects must be reported to the local health department in the jurisdiction in which the individual resides within 24 hours of diagnosis.
- All TB cases in Maryland must be managed directly by or co-managed with the local health department.
- TB antibiotics are provided by the local health department and administered via directly observed therapy (DOT) by trained health care staff.
- HIV counseling and testing is provided for all TB cases and suspects regardless of age, and for individuals with latent TB infection who are high risk contacts to active TB cases.