SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Florida follows CDC recommentations to fight tuberculosis

The Florida Department of Health recently collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decrease tuberculosis in the 2012 cluster in Duval County.

Florida DOH sent a progress report to the CDC this week highlighting its successes. Nine epidemiologists from across the state were sent to Duval County to help screen individuals and treat patients infected with active or Latent TB Infections.

All data was entered into the DOH's Health Management System and is reviewed regularly to best help infected patients. The most recent update found 33 persons with active TB infections and 340 with LTBI. 5,000 people have been tested since January.

Research shows that TB cases in Florida have decreased significantly among Hispanics and African Americans, and has decreased by 10 percent from 2011 to 2012 overall. Florida DOH is working on offering residents a more community-based health care system.

"The Florida Department of Health's Duval response demonstrated the value of an integrated statewide public health system," State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said. "Improved surveillance and cluster investigation techniques learned will move Florida's System of Tuberculosis Care further down the road towards eliminating TB in Florida."

Florida's DOH works to improve the health of all its residents with state, county and community-based efforts.