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Tuberculosis

Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County

The Tuberculosis program provides a broad range of services to people in DeSoto County

Our program consists of the comprehensive case management of active cases of TB, investigation, and testing of those exposed to an active case of TB, along with direct observed medication therapy of active TB cases. Diagnosis and treatment is provided through the Florida Department of Health, Tuberculosis Physicians Network, ensuring the treatment until cured.

We investigate infectious Tuberculosis cases to identify contacts. A complete follow up is conducted for contacts to rule out disease and offer and provide prophylactic therapy as indicated.

The DeSoto County Health Department conducts tuberculin skin test screenings by targeting those who are at risk and those who would be likely to complete treatment if they are infected.  A basic premise of the Technical Assistance (TA) guidelines and current CDC guidelines is: A decision to tuberculin skin test an individual is a decision to treat until completion, if that person is found to be tuberculin positive.

For more information about our Tuberculosis program, please call 863-491-7580