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All cases of
tuberculosis (TB) are reported to the local or state
health department, because the disease can spread to others and cause outbreaks.
Major health authorities keep track of TB outbreaks and encourage early testing
for people who are at risk for the disease.
recommends TB testing for people who:1
People who have a high risk for developing TB usually have a
skin test (tuberculin test) on a regular basis. Health
professionals often are given a tuberculin skin test when they begin work in a
hospital or nursing home, with retesting every 6 to 12 months.
more information, see the topic Tuberculosis.
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, National Center
for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (2009). Questions and Answers About TB. Available online:
April 15, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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