West Central Tribune (02.05.2014)
The West Central Tribune reported that monitoring TB is a public health priority in Kandiyohi County, Minn., which is one of a few west central counties in the state that have reported active TB cases two years in a row. The county reported two cases in 2012 and three for 2013, in contrast to 66 other counties within the state that did not report any active TB cases in 2012. According to Kandiyohi County Public Health Nurse Denise Kragenbring, the health department currently is monitoring the treatment of 58 latent TB cases in the county. Health and Family Services Director Ann Stehn commented that ensuring patients comply with the nine-month treatment course of daily antibiotics, especially when individuals do not feel ill, can be difficult. The county monitors compliance of those being treated for both active and latent TB, and offers screening of high-risk individuals.