Screening encouraged for latent TB infection

Local News | 10/19/2016 |

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening adults who are at increased risk for latent tuberculosis infection.

“There are an estimated 158,000 people living with TB infection in Colorado, and most are unaware of their condition,” said Dr. Daniel Shodell, deputy director of the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“At the heart of Colorado’s TB elimination plan is the necessity to screen and test people at higher risk for TB and ensure those found to be infected complete an appropriate drug regimen for TB infection.”

Dr. Robert Belknap, director of the Denver Metro TB Control Program at Denver Health, said, “Without routine testing, TB often is forgotten by physicians even when faced with a person already sick with the disease. Testing for TB by primary care providers will help ensure that people who are infected have the opportunity to take medicine that will prevent them from getting sick. In this way, we’ll prevent the cycle of transmission to others and move closer to achieving our goal of eliminating TB in Colorado.”

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