POSTED: 07:11 p.m. HST, Nov 08, 2011
State health officials have received $3.75 million in funding as part of a national tuberculosis study.
The Hawaii State Department of Health announced Tuesday its participation in a research study in the treatment and prevention of tuberculosis.
The department's TB Control program was one of 10 sites chosen nationwide.
A health official says the funding will go toward enhanced services for people with a latent TB-infection or who are at risk for developing it.
With many immigrants coming from Southeast Asia and other areas where the disease is common, Hawaii has a TB rate more than twice the U.S. average.
The project is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.