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Tuberculosis Elimination and Control Branch


The Delaware Tuberculosis Elimination and Control Branch works to prevent and control tuberculosis (TB) in Delaware. Its mission is to end TB in the State of Delaware by detecting, treating, and preventing TB. The Tuberculosis Elimination and Control Branch is made up of the Office of Public Health Nursing, Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and the Delaware Public Health Laboratory.

TB is not a disease of the past. People around the world still get TB. There are medicines that kills TB germs. Taking these medicines can cure people of TB. The Division of Public Health (DPH) offers the medicine and treatment to people who have TB germs.

 

Reporting Cases of TB

  • TB disease is a rapidly reportable condition in Delaware. Health care personnel must immediately report suspected (i.e., without waiting for laboratory confirmation) and confirmed cases of TB disease to the Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (OIDE). A confirmed case meets the clinical or laboratory case definition.
    Cases can be reported by phone (302-744-4990, normal business hours; 1-888-295-5156, outside of normal business hours), fax (302-622-4149), or email (reportdisease@delaware.gov). Information about what to report is available here.
  • TB infection, also known as latent TB, is not a reportable disease in Delaware. However, OIDE encourages reporting to it cases that meet the current case definition.
     

    TB Clinics

    Each county in Delaware has a TB clinic. The TB clinics are located in State Service Centers. DPH nurses and physician consultants work at the clinics. They screen and treat people for tuberculosis. This includes performing interferon-gamma release assays and tuberculin skin tests. It also includes prescribing and distributing medicine that kills TB germs. The clinics do not do pre-employment tests, tests for school, or other administratively-required tests.

    County

    State Service Center

    Address

    Phone Number

    New Castle

    Floyd I. Hudson

    501 Ogletown Road,

    Newark, DE 19711

    302-283-7542

    Kent 

    James W. Williams

    805 River Road,

    Dover, DE 19901

    302-857-5130

    Sussex

    Thurman Adams

    544 South Bedford Street,

    Georgetown, DE 19947

    302-515-3200

     

Referrals

General Referrals 

The clinics operate only by referrals from health care providers. Health care providers should complete the Tuberculosis Referral Form to refer people to a TB clinic. The form is available here. Steps to submit the referral are included on page 1 of the form. 

Refugee Health Screenings 

People from Ukraine who moved to Delaware through theUniting for Ukraine  process and people from Venezuela who moved to Delaware through the Process for Venezuelans can get a medical screening for tuberculosis at a TB clinic. Screening for tuberculosis must occur within 90 days of arrival to the United States. Call any TB clinic in the table to schedule an appointment. Share with the clinic your name, date of birth, contact information, and the day you arrived in the United States. The clinic will then schedule your appointment. 

Las personas procedentes de Ucrania que se trasladaron a Delaware a través del proceso Uniting for Ukraine y las personas procedentes de Venezuela que se trasladaron a Delaware a través del proceso para venezolanos (Process for Venezuelans) pueden someterse a un examen médico en una clínica de Tuberculosis (TB). El examen de tuberculosis debe realizarse dentro de los 90 días posteriores a la llegada a los Estados Unidos. Llame a cualquier clínica de TB en la tabla para programar una cita. Comparta con la clínica su nombre, fecha de nacimiento, información de contacto y el día en que llegó a los Estados Unidos. La clínica programará su cita. 

Люди з України, які переїхали до Делаверу за програмою «Єднаймося заради України» (Uniting for Ukraine) та люди з Венесуели, які переїхали до Делаверу за програмою «Процедура для венесуельців» (Process for Venezuelans) можуть пройти медичне обстеження на туберкульоз у протитуберкульозному диспансері. Медичне обстеження на туберкульоз слід провести протягом 90 днів після прибуття до Сполучених Штатів. Зателефонуйте в будь-який протитуберкульозний диспансер, зазначений в таблиці, щоб записатися на прийом. Повідомте співробітнику клініки своє ім’я, дату народження, контактну інформацію та день прибуття до Сполучених Штатів Америки. Після цього співробітник клініки призначить вам прийом. 

 

Contact Information

Contact the Tuberculosis Elimination and Control Branch with any questions about TB infection or TB disease. You can reach the Tuberculosis Elimination and Control Branch at tuberculosis@delaware.gov or by calling 302-744-4990 during normal business hours.

 

 

Resouces for the Public

Resources for Health Care Providers

 

Data and Reports

The table below shows the incidence of TB in Delaware and the United States for 2012 through 2021. Case counts are also included by year for Delaware and the three counties in Delaware. The 2025 national target for the incidence of TB disease is 1.3 cases per 100,000 people.
 

  TB Disease Incidence Rate*, 2012-2021          

                Year               United States                           Delaware
2021 2.4 4.1
2020 2.2 1.6
2019 2.7 2.0
2018 2.7 2.2
2017 2.8 1.6
2016 2.9 1.7
2015 3.0 2.2
2014 2.9 2.2
2013 3.0 1.9
2012 3.0 3.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Incidence rates are the number of confirmed cases of TB disease divided by the population in Delaware during that year, multiplied by 100,000.

                   

 TB Disease Case Counts by County, 2012-2021

  Year           Statewide Total        New Castle County       Kent County   Sussex County
2021 41 26 15 0
2020 17 8 4 5
2019 19 2 8 9
2018 21 9 6 6
2017 15 7 5 3
2016 16 13 1 2
2015 21 17 2 2
2014 21 13 3 5
2013 18 9 5 4
2012 28 20 0 8


 

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