DHEC attempts to protect the citizens by case finding, treating both TB and latent TB, identifying and testing of individuals exposed to TB, and screening and testing persons who might have a high risk of getting the disease.
For those who are infected, the TB program helps patients take their medications correctly. Staff ensure that recommended treatment is followed (Directly Observed Treatment [DOT]), provide social work services, and maintain a central case register.
DHEC also is proactive in the development of regulations to protect the public, enforcement of tuberculosis control laws, including required reporting of confirmed and suspected cases. When necessary, we direct the use of court-ordered supervised treatment and institutional quarantine.