Tuberculosis Elimination

Mission Statement: The mission of the Tuberculosis Elimination Program is to prevent, control, and eliminate tuberculosis (TB) among the people of Cameron County. This will be accomplished through coordinating the efforts of health care providers and the communities to develop, implement and assure compliance with effective TB strategies, standards, and policies.

What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. (Source: CDC) Learn more about Tuberculosis here.

Our Services

The Tuberculosis Surveillance & Elimination Program plays a critical role in ensuring access to TB treatment and care to the people of Cameron County. Our department is committed to providing Cameron County residents the following services:

  • Tuberculosis Education
  • Tuberculosis Surveillance & Case Investigations
  • Community Outreach
  • Patient Counseling
  • Direct Observe Therapy (DOT)
  • Sputum Exams
  • Labs
  • Home Visits
  • Contact Investigation
  • Case Management
  • Latent TB Infection Treatment
  • Binational Referrals
  • Correctional TB Management

Our Services

Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapters 81 and 89 require specific information regarding notifiable conditions such as TB to be provided to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97 ).

Report a case of tuberculosis disease within one working day and an occurrence of latent tuberculosis infection within one week to the Cameron County TB Elimination Program. For more information please visit the following websites:

http://www.dshs.texas.gov/idcu/disease/tb/
https://www.cdc.gov/tb/

For Questions & Hours of Operation please contact your nearest office.

Our Locations

Harlingen Public Health Center - (956) 427-8124
711 N. "L" St. Harlingen, Texas 78550

Mary P. Lucio (Brownsville) Health Center - (956) 574-8753
1204 Jose Colunga, Jr. Dr. Brownsville, Texas 78521