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Southern Nevada Health District, UMC teaming up to combat tuberculosis

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Southern Nevada Health District, UMC teaming up to combat tuberculosis

By Megan Telles. CREATED Nov 27, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Southern Nevada Health District and UMC are partnering up to combat tuberculosis.

This move comes after the contractor the health district had been using, increased its prices after a recent influx of tuberculosis cases in the Las Vegas Valley.

Those cases include the 300 students at Coronado High School that had to be tested after they reportedly came in close contact with a person who had an active case of TB.

In addition, there was also a tuberculosis scare at Summerlin Hospital.

Under the agreement signed this week, UMC will provide an epidemiologist to the health district who will provide care to health district patients at its TB clinic.

That means diagnosing and treating latent and active cases of tuberculosis, and handling TB screenings for new immigrants.

"They raised their prices to where we couldn't afford. So the partnership with UMC is a win-win because they get to be reimbursed for some of their services and we get a really great contractor," said Dr. Joe Iser, SNHD.

The health district is paying UMC $1,000 a week to provide that service.

Megan Telles

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is a Social TV Journalist and anchor for Action News.