The West Virginia Division of Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination (WV-DTBE) provides programmatic oversight, clinical guidance and consultation, education, training, and resources to 49 local health department TB programs in West Virginia. These local health departments provide TB services (e.g., education, testing, treatment, and case management) to residents and visitors of the 55 counties throughout the state. The mission of the WV-DTBE is to eliminate indigenous transmission of TB in West Virginia. Achieving this mission is predicated on implementation of three (3) priority strategies for controlling and preventing TB, as recommended by the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET) that include: (1) identifying and fully treating persons who have active TB disease; (2) finding and screening persons who are contacts to TB cases to determine if they are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis or have active TB, and providing appropriate treatment; and (3) targeting populations at high-risk for TB infection and disease to detect infected persons and provide latent TB infection (LTBI) therapy when appropriate to prevent progression to active TB disease.
The WV-DTBE is applying for funding under the Tuberculosis Elimination and Laboratory Cooperative Agreement to assist with current efforts and fund future initiatives to prevent, control, and eventually eliminate TB in West Virginia. Strategies and activities to address active TB and TB infection will continue through the project period (i.e., year 2024).