Snohomish Times (11.04.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Snohomish Times reported that the Washington State Department of Health TB Program presented the Snohomish Health District TB Program with the “2013 Outstanding TB Team” award on October 23 at the annual conference of state and local public health TB specialists. State officials explained that the department honored the district program because of the staff’s dedication and leadership in TB control in the state. Also, this health district team dealt with some of the highest rates and most complicated cases in the state.
The Snohomish TB program completed treatment and management of four connected cases of active TB that began in 2012 with mental health clients in Everett. Not only did the TB team find the active cases, but they sought out and found people who had been exposed to the disease over a period of time. This necessitated screening and testing 107 more individuals, 11 of whom were treated for latent TB infection.
Snohomish County’s local TB program manages 20–26 active cases annually. In previous years, the staff worked on a complex medical investigation among drug users, in a local high school, and in multicultural communities. Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the county’s public health agency, expressed his pride in the TB program staff for their devotion to helping TB patients or at-risk persons, and their excellent and difficult work to keep residents healthy.