Tuberculosis Program


To control the person-to-person spread of Tuberculosis (TB), prevent illness and ensure treatment of disease due to tuberculosis within Rhode Island.

What we do

  • Monitor reports of TB to ensure that all suspected and confirmed cases of TB are identified
  • Analyze trends in diagnosed cases
  • Refer individuals for treatment of active and latent TB
  • Monitor the status of individual TB cases, medical follow-up of patients, adherence of patients to drug regimens, and assure completion of therapy
  • Provide directly observed therapy (DOT) to all active TB cases in Rhode Island to assure adherence, ensure a quick response to any adverse reactions and assure completion of an adequate treatment regimen
  • Determine if people with newly diagnosed cases are contagious
  • Assure isolation of contagious cases until non-infectious
  • Identify people who may have been exposed to contagious cases, screen them for TB, identify those who have become infected, and refer them to treatment
  • Plan and implement public health responses to outbreaks of TB