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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 1, 2013

TB Control Programs Withstood Hurricane Sandy’s Onslaught

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(17):1766-1767. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4319

Lessons learned in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina helped preventdisruptions in tuberculosis (TB) control program operations last October when Hurricane Sandy lashed northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.

Reports indicated that 1899 residents in the areas most affected were being treated in TB control programs when the storm hit. At least 10 of 15 programs in those areas closed for 2 or more days, but none reported significant damage to facilities or equipment. After the hurricane subsided, TB program officials were able to account for all their patients. Preparedness measures they took based on TB programs' experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina included the following: