Lack of infection control cited in Conn. TB exposure

Connecticut state officials investigating a tuberculosis case at the Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford reported on Wednesday that the community health center has no medical director and no organized program for infection control.

The Department of Public Health is looking into how officials at Charter Oak managed a patient with a case of active tuberculosis and how it tried to control the risk of other people being exposed to TB. Officials at the facility have until Friday to submit a corrective plan to the state agency, the Hartford Courant reports.

Due to the potential TB exposure, approximately 80 employees and 60 patients and former patients received a screening for the disease at Charter Oak's Grand Street location earlier this month. As a result of the screenings, at least three people will undergo treatment for TB. Two of them are employees of the facility and one is a patient.

The investigation allegedly showed that Charter Oak had no system in place for tracking infections and no program for controlling the infection. It also concluded that the facility has an administrative leadership that lacks structure, according to the Hartford Courant.

Earlier in February, news broke that a patient who had visited the facility frequently in 2011, before dying at the end of the year, had the active form of TB. While the administration of the facility said it had not been notified of potential TB exposure until February 2, an employee said that she had allegedly contacted the administration as early as December 29 about the potential exposure.