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Federal grant cut for Kane County’s TB efforts

Updated: November 30, 2012 11:08AM



Despite two recent cases of tuberculoses stemming from an outbreak at an Aurora homeless shelter, the Kane County Health Department has been notified that it will not receive a federal grant to battle the outbreak for 2013.

In 2011, the county Health Department received a Centers for Disease Control grant of $124,000 for its anti-TB efforts, which increased to $194,000 for 2012. For the 2013 budget, however, the county will be forced to deal with the TB outbreak through its own resources.

“Our cash-on-hand will have to supplement those efforts,” interim Health Department Executive Director Barbara Jeffers said Tuesday.

The department will have access to about $196,133 in available cash, according to Jeffers.

The CDC grant money went toward curbing a recent TB outbreak at the Hesed House shelter in Aurora and throughout Kane County. There have been 33 cases of TB at the homeless shelter since 2009.

Individual cases of TB can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how sick the person is, Jeffers said.

County Board Public Health Committee member Tom Van Cleave of Batavia asked why they would not be receiving the grant money.

“We just received an award from the CDC and now, on the back hand, they’re not going to give us the grant?” he asked.

Jeffers said there was a limited amount of funding available, and since the CDC supports the whole nation, it is difficult to secure those funds.



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