Updated TB Testing and Treatment Recommendations for Health Care Personnel



updated tuberculosis screening testing and treatment recommendations for healthcare personnel on May 17th 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National tuberculosis controllers Association updated recommendations for tuberculosis or TB screening testing and treatment for healthcare personnel in the United States these recommendations should be used for people who work or volunteer in health care settings including inpatient and outpatient settings Laboratories emergency medical services medical settings and correctional facilities home-based healthcare and outreach settings long-term care facilities and clinics and homeless shelters CDC and the National TB controllers Association recommend new hires receive a baseline individual TV risk assessment symptom screening at a TV test in the United States there's no recommended annual testing for TB unless there is a known exposure or ongoing transmission at a health care facility health care personnel with a positive TB test result should receive a symptom evaluation and chest x-ray to rule out to be diseased treatment for latent TB infection is strongly encouraged shorter treatment regimens should be used as they are more convenient and more likely to be completed healthcare personnel with untreated latent TB infection should be screened annually for symptoms of TB disease symptoms for TB disease include any of the following a cough lasting longer than three weeks unexplained weight loss night sweats or a fever and loss of appetite all healthcare personnel should receive TB education annually TB education should include information on TB risk factors the signs and symptoms of TB disease and TB infection control policies and procedures state and local TV screening and testing regulations may differ based on local needs the CDC and the National TB controllers Association TB screening and testing recommendations do not override or replace state regulations contact your state TB control program for more information CDC has resources to assist facilities with TB screening for health care personnel visit wwm / TB to learn more

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