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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 for free 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 or tests for school. The clinics operate only by referrals from health care providers. You must have an appointment to be seen.  Contact the clinic closest to you to schedule an appointment.

     

    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

     

    People from Ukraine who moved to Delaware through the Uniting for Ukraine process can get a medical screening for tuberculosis at a TB clinic. Screening for tuberculosis must occur within two weeks 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 ask you a few questions about how you are feeling and schedule your appointment.

    Особи з України, які переїхали до штату Делавер в рамках програми "Об'єднання для України", можуть пройти медичне обстеження на туберкульоз в туберкульозному диспансері. Обстеження на туберкульоз має бути проведене протягом двох тижнів після прибуття до США. Зателефонуйте до будь-якого туберкульозного диспансеру, щоб записатися на прийом. Назвіть у клініці своє прізвище, ім'я, по батькові, дату народження, контактну інформацію та дату вашого прибуття до США. У клініці вам поставлять кілька питань про ваше самопочуття та призначать час прийому.

 

Resouces for the Public

Resources for Healthcare Providers

 

Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology 

24/7 Emergency Contact Number: 1-888-295-5156

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