Westchester Health Dept. Expands Preventive TB Services

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The Westchester County Department of Health said it will continue to expand preventive care services to residents prone to tuberculosis.
The Westchester County Department of Health said it will continue to expand preventive care services to residents prone to tuberculosis. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER  COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Department of Health announced that the number of tuberculosis cases in the county declined in 2013 and that the department is increasing its emphasis on treating those with inactive TB.

In addition to providing free medical care, case management and medication to residents with active TB, the Health Department will now evaluate and treat inactive, or latent, TB in the following people:

  • Children 12-19 years old who are candidates for a shortened treatment.
  • Children younger than 5 years old who are at increased risk for developing active TB.
  • Pregnant/postpartum women.

“We identified a gap in services not provided throughout Westchester,” Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said in a statement. “We’d like to let pediatricians and prenatal care providers know that they can send their patients with inactive TB who are under 5 years old or are ages 12-19, as well as pregnant and postpartum women to our clinics in White Plains and Yonkers for free evaluation and treatment to avoid developing TB later on. Together, we can potentially prevent hundreds of residents from developing active TB and spreading it to others.”

For more information about tuberculosis, call the Westchester County Department of Health at 813-5000 or visit the Health Department website at www.westchestergov.com/health, like the department on Facebook @wchealthdept or Follow it on Twitter @wchealthdept.

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