CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateMISSOURI: Mo. Senate Passes Bill to Increase Tuberculosis Screenings and Penalize Spreading the Disease
February 20, 2013
The Republic (Columbus, IN) (02.15.13)
On February 14, the Missouri Senate voted unanimously to approve a bill requiring TB screening for more people and allow prosecution of those who spread the disease. Sponsored by Republican Sen. David Sater, a pharmacist from Cassville, Mo., the legislation would direct universities and colleges to develop TB screenings for faculty and students who were considered at “high risk” of contracting the disease. The bill specifies that TB patients violating quarantine by going to work with active TB disease or carelessly spreading the bacteria could be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face a more severe penalty if another person contracts TB. Missouri reported 89 cases of TB in 2012. The Senate has sent the bill to the Missouri House.