Communicable Disease Services

Beaufort County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is required by law to investigate and follow-up on all suspected or confirmed communicable diseases or conditions. In North Carolina, there are 82 reportable diseases or conditions for which investigation and follow-up are required.

Investigation and follow-up includes:

  • Identifying the source of the infection, if possible
  • Implementing control measures to prevent the spread of infection
  • Assuring adequate treatment of persons with infection to minimize spread

Tuberculosis (TB)

BCPHD provides TB skin tests as well as treatment and follow-up for persons with TB infection or disease. Included in the follow-up is contact tracing of persons identified as having been exposed to an infectious TB case. Medications to treat TB are provided at no charge.

Additional information can be provided by contacting our Communicable Disease Nurse or by visiting the North Carolina Division of Public Health Epidemiology or Centers for Disease Control websites.