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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2019 May 17;68(19):439-443. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6819a3.

Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel: Recommendations from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and CDC, 2019.

Abstract

The 2005 CDC guidelines for preventing Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission in health care settings include recommendations for baseline tuberculosis (TB) screening of all U.S. health care personnel and annual testing for health care personnel working in medium-risk settings or settings with potential for ongoing transmission (1). Using evidence from a systematic review conducted by a National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA)-CDC work group, and following methods adapted from the Guide to Community Preventive Services (2,3), the 2005 CDC recommendations for testing U.S. health care personnel have been updated and now include 1) TB screening with an individual risk assessment and symptom evaluation at baseline (preplacement); 2) TB testing with an interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) or a tuberculin skin test (TST) for persons without documented prior TB disease or latent TB infection (LTBI); 3) no routine serial TB testing at any interval after baseline in the absence of a known exposure or ongoing transmission; 4) encouragement of treatment for all health care personnel with untreated LTBI, unless treatment is contraindicated; 5) annual symptom screening for health care personnel with untreated LTBI; and 6) annual TB education of all health care personnel.

PMID:
31099768
PMCID:
PMC6522077
DOI:
10.15585/mmwr.mm6819a3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Conflict of interest statement

All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE form for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Wendy Thanassi reports a grant from Qiagen Inc. outside the submitted work. Lorna Will reports personal fees from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association during the conduct of the study. MaryAnn Gruden reports personal fees from the Allegheny Health Network, Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Board of Scientific Counselors outside the submitted work. No other potential conflicts of interest were disclosed.

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