Updated Recommendations for TB Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel

May 16, 2019 – Changes in recommendations reflect the overall decrease of TB cases and the low incidence of TB among health care personnel due to occupational exposure.

Historically, U.S. health care personnel were at increased risk for latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease from occupational exposures, but recent data suggest that this is no longer the case. CDC and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association have updated the 2005 CDC recommendations for testing health care personnel.

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2019 TB Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel Recommendations

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Key Changes in 2019 TB Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel Recommendations
This graphic shows the key changes from the 2005 recommendations for TB Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel Recommendations to the 2019 update.

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CDC and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association have updated the 2005 CDC recommendations for testing health care personnel given the changing epidemiology of TB in the United States.

Page last reviewed: May 16, 2019