Tri-State Neighbor (Sioux Falls, SD) (01.21.2014)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Tri-State Neighbor reported that South Dakota saw the lowest number ever of TB cases, with only nine diagnoses in 2013. State health officials claim the low numbers are a result of the state’s strict TB control program, which requires, by law, that any suspected case of TB be reported to the South Dakota Department of Health. The department then examines those at risk, distinguishes between TB infection and active TB disease, and ensures full compliance with treatment for those with TB disease, which can take nine months. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist, said, “Today’s low numbers represent literally decades of hard work by public health and the private medical community.” Persons with TB infection have a positive skin test, but have no symptoms and are not contagious. Persons with TB disease have TB organisms in the sputum, are experiencing symptoms, and can infect others.