The mission of the Southeast Health District Tuberculosis (TB)
Program is to control the transmission and prevention of Tuberculosis
Disease within the sixteen (16) county area of this public health
district. Our objectives include:
ensuring all persons with active TB disease complete treatment
utilizing directly observed therapy.
evaluating, and treating all persons exposed to cases of active
Ensuring completion of
treatment by directly observed therapy among certain populations at
risk for developing TB disease.
Physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and other health care
providers are required by law to report the following:
confirmed or suspected
case of TB
treatment with two (2) or more anti-tuberculosis drugs
positive acid fast
(AFB) smear (AFB)
positive culture for
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) or
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex (M. tuberculosis complex)
child less than 5
years of age with Latent TB Infection (LTBI)
Call your local county health department and ask for the TB Nurse
or Nurse manager to make the report. Prompt action by public health is
essential in the prevention and control of TB. Specific patient
information and copies of medical records are required and should be
If your local county
health department cannot be reached, call the Southeast Health
District, Office of Infectious Disease at 912-285-6022.
through the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System
Complete a Notifiable
Disease Report Form (#3095) and mail to:
Southeast Health District
Office of Infectious Disease
1115A Church Street
Waycross, GA 31501
Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health,
Prevention Branch – TB Section
Program Manager, Medical Consultant, Epidemiologist
Review all TB cases
and suspects in the state to ensure appropriate treatment and
medical management are being provided.
consultation for physicians providing medical management for public
health districts and other health care providers as requested.
(Southeast Health District)
District TB Program
legally for the clinical management and supervision of all patients
within district. Provides recommendations for the treatment and
clinical management of all cases and suspects of TB disease and
their contacts and others evaluated in the county health department
appropriateness of prescribed anti-tuberculosis treatment and
adherence to standards of clinical care of patients being managed by
other physicians and health care providers within the district.
activities when necessary to ensure patients considered infectious
are not permitted to resume their usual activities or return to
other settings that would place others in a community at risk.
consultation to other health care providers as needs are identified
or as requested.
and assistance to county health departments, health care providers,
or others upon request or identification of needed intervention.
health departments, other agencies, or facilities, to identify risk
of contacts, develop, and implement a plan to evaluate contacts.
management activities at the local level to ensure appropriate
services are provided, contacts are evaluated, and information is
enforcement of legal action if determined necessary.
Provides education and
training as requested
Assists county health
departments with contact investigations
Provides follow-up of
Collaborates with the
TB program coordinator to plan enforcement of TB laws
County Health Department
TB Program Services of the county health departments are provided at
no charge to patients with TB disease, Suspected TB disease, and their
contacts, regardless of their ability to pay.
Each local county health
department within the district has:
responsibility for the medical management and supervision of all
suspects, cases, their contacts, or others evaluated for TB who are
residents of their county regardless of who provides the medical
A designated nurse
responsible for the TB program.
Makes home, hospital,
or other visits to locate patient reported.
gathers essential information, performs clinical assessment, obtains
labwork/chest x-rays and results as indicated and promptly submits
to consulting physician to obtain medical recommendations for all
suspected or confirmed cases of TB, their contacts, and anyone
evaluated in the TB program.
Notifies and tracks
persons with suspected or confirmed TB disease.
Implements measures to
stop the transmission of TB within the communities. Places patient
on home isolation until determined noninfectious by district
physician. Reports non-compliant patients to district to consult
regarding legal action if necessary.
and evaluates persons exposed to suspected/ confirmed TB cases.
Determines needs and
coordinates case management services.
anti-tuberculosis medications and monitors for side effects.
clinical assessments and evaluations.
Provides education to
patients, family members, and others in the community.
collaborates with other health care providers to ensure patient
continuity of care and/or protection of the health of other
individuals or groups in other environments.
Refers patients to
other health care providers or agencies based on identified needs.
Provides case and
contact investigation reports to district.
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Waycross, GA 31501
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