Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Program
The TB Program serves people infected with TB, contacts of active TB cases, public and private healthcare providers throughout NM, and the general public.
The Tuberculosis (TB) Programs purpose is to prevent and control the spread of Tuberculosis, by ensuring that active TB cases receive adequate care, directly observed therapy, and a contact investigation if infectious. Other important program activities are: case management of all active cases; interstate/international referrals; surveillance; training for healthcare workers and other stakeholders; and screening to indentify and treat latent TB infection (LTBI).
- We provide directly observed therapy (DOT) to all active tuberculosis cases in New Mexico to prevent non-adherence, ensure a quick response to any adverse reactions and assure completion of an adequate treatment regimen.
- We stay in regular contact with physicians and public health nurses to monitor the status of individual TB cases, medical follow-up of patients and adherence of patients to drug regimens and documentation of clinical response to therapy.
- We make and receive referrals for TB cases and their contacts who move to or from NM or the United States
Education and Training
- We consult with health care providers, including infection control practitioners, Indian Health Services, community-based organizations, correctional facilities, local health offices, and the general public.
- We offer training on TB, including case management, prevention, standard recommendations for diagnostic procedures, treatment regimens, isolation guidelines, clinical follow-up and contact investigations.
- We create standardized reports for all cases reported in New Mexico.
- We compile surveillance data and report program outcomes to the CDC.
- We identify cases through direct collaboration with the New Mexico State Laboratory, private labs, and by receiving reports from healthcare providers and infection control practitioners who report potential TB suspects to us immediately.
- We screen individuals to determine if they have a latent TB infection.
- Our local public health nurses provide preventive treatment and follow-up through consultation with our nurse consultants;
- We maintain an LTBI registry
- We assure complete and timely contact investigations
For More Information
Please contact the TB Program at 505-827-2473/2471.
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