The Middlesex County Tuberculosis
Control Program focus is to treat, prevent and reduce the spread of Tuberculosis (TB)
in the community. This is accomplished by monitoring all reported suspects/cases both in the private and public sectors. To ensure completion of treatment, all active clinic cases are enrolled in the Direct Observed Therapy Program (DOT) as dictated by the standards of care.
Contact interviews are done on all suspected cases to identify those in need of testing. TB disease contacts are required by law to be examined, which is offered at the TB clinic or through home visitation. TB Testing, chest x-rays and prophylaxis treatment is also available for those identified as high risk, referred from schools or private physician, or contacts to a TB case. HIV counseling and testing is also offered to TB patients. The center also provides medical evaluation to all immigrants who require follow up upon entry to the U.S.
The Tuberculosis program also provides community support and education. TB seminars are given on a regular basis for school nurses and upon request for anyone in the medical community needing updated information. The Center provides expert consultation through the medical doctors to area physicians and hospitals.