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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 8, 2020

TB Control Suffers During Pandemic

JAMA. 2020;324(10):929. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15886

Extraordinary demands during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have diminished efforts to diagnose and treat people with tuberculosis (TB) at half of US public health departments, according to a report by the CDC and the National TB Controllers Association.

After the first US case of COVID-19 was reported in late January, public health departments nationwide began to redeploy personnel from TB control programs to the COVID-19 response. To assess the effects of the reassignments, the CDC in April contacted 50 of the 61 programs that receive CDC funds through TB Elimination and Laboratory cooperative agreements. Eleven programs couldn’t be reached because of staff redeployments for COVID-19.