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North Carolina TB Control Program

The North Carolina Tuberculosis Control program, located in the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead agency in combating tuberculosis in the state.

Tuberculosis is a communicable, potentially deadly disease that usually affects the lungs but can attack other parts of the body as well. It is spread when a person with an active case of TB breathes out the disease-causing bacteria, which are then inhaled by another person. TB is treatable and usually curable, although new drug-resistant strains are appearing that are more difficult to treat. It is vital that TB patients follow their treatment regimen and take all medications as directed, for as long as directed, or the disease can recur in a drug-resistant form.

The current goal of the TB Control program is to reduce tuberculosis disease in North Carolina by the year 2015 to under one case per one million persons, close to eliminating TB in the state.

In order to accomplish this goal, health care providers must:

  • Quickly diagnose and treat tuberculosis disease.
  • Promptly investigate all suspected exposures to each and every case of TB.
  • Strongly encourage preventive treatment for people who are at risk of developing TB disease.

A collaborative effort among state agencies and health providers is vital to eliminating TB. Key elements of this public-private combined effort include:

For Additional Information

Contact the N.C. Tuberculosis Control Program at:

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch

Tuberculosis Control Program

1905 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1905

Telephone: 919-733-7286, Ext. 103

Fax: 919-733-0084