Tuberculosis Control Program

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 educations, 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 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 and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). 

The Health Department only provides skin testing for those at the highest risk of developing Tuberculosis.  If skin testing is needed for school or employment, many walk-in urgent care or health clinics in Howard County offer the Tuberculosis Skin Testing (TST).

Tuberculosis Resources:

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.