CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.
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ARTICLE 25. DETECTION OF TUBERCULOSIS, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND
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§16-25-1. Legislative findings.
The Legislature finds that tuberculosis, diabetes and the
condition of high blood pressure are diseases which are latent in
nature and have symptoms and effects which are not easily
recognizable by the members of the public, while at the same time
these diseases and conditions are very serious and often fatal if
not diagnosed and treated in their early stages. The Legislature
also finds that if mobile laboratory testing were to be made
readily available to the public, the hazards created by such
diseases to the health of those suffering therefrom may be
lessened or prevented by early detection or treatment. The
legislative purpose of this article is to provide for adequate
testing facilities for the detection of such diseases.
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§16-25-2. Program for early detection of tuberculosis; mobile X-
ray facilities used in select areas of the state.
The state department of health may establish and implement a
program designed to detect tuberculosis in its early stages in
members of the public and may promulgate reasonable rules and
regulations necessary to carry out such a program. The
department of health is to establish and maintain mobile X-ray
facilities for use in detection of tuberculosis to be used in
select areas in the state where the director finds that
tuberculosis is most likely to be present. Such select areas
shall be determined by the director at his discretion.
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§16-25-3. Reporting cases of tuberculosis; penalty for
Any physician, nurse, physician's assistant or any other
person who detects or diagnoses a case of tuberculosis shall
report within seventy-two hours excluding Sundays and holidays
such to the state department of health. Any such person
reporting such case shall also obtain from the person afflicted
with tuberculosis, the name, age, present street address and the
name and address of such person's nearest living relative.
Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall
be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall
be fined not less than twenty dollars nor more than one hundred
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§16-25-4. Program for detection of high blood pressure and
diabetes; mobile testing facilities.
The state director of health is hereby authorized to
establish and implement programs for early detection of diseases
as the director may determine, including, but not limited to,
high blood pressure, diabetes, and if possible, water testing.
The board of health may promulgate reasonable rules and
regulations necessary to carry out such programs. To this end,
the director is hereby authorized to convert and utilize any
mobile testing facilities presently within the department of
health for such programs and in such areas of this state as the
director may determine. The director may establish and maintain
adequate testing facilities for the detection of such diseases in
state hygienic laboratories and water testing facilities as the
director finds is necessary to carry out the legislative purpose
as is defined in section one of this article.