CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateWISCONSIN: State to Request Funding for Tuberculosis Outbreak in Sheboygan County
June 5, 2013
Sheboygan Daily (06.03.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
State health officials are requesting funding at a Joint Finance Committee meeting to assist with treatment of a TB outbreak in Sheboygan County, Wis. The outbreak involves an unusually high number of cases at one time, including a confirmed case of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) and other cases being treated as MDR until officials receive additional test results. The funds will cover medications to treat patients, as MDR TB medications are very expensive; additional healthcare staff to provide the medications personally on a daily basis; and financial assistance to ensure that the individuals have housing while in isolation, as patients are required to remain at home and cannot leave the house to work.