The goal of the Tuberculosis (TB) Program is to control the incidence of TB by providing screening, preventative treatment and case management for active TB cases in Howard County.
The Tuberculosis program provides consultation and guidance to private providers and health care facilities in evaluating suspected cases of TB. Registered nurses provide education, medication through Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) services and contact investigation to all active TB cases. Contacts of active TB cases and other at risk individuals are offered screening and preventative treatment for latent TB. Nurses also administer TB therapy to immigrants and refugees with positive screening.
The program reports the results of its monitoring and surveillance activities to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
The Health Department screens those at the highest risk of developing Tuberculosis. If screening is needed for school or employment, many walk-in urgent care or health clinics in Howard County offer screening tests.
For more information, or to request services call the HCHD TB Control Program at 410-313-7500 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.