Updated MMWR Guidelines for Tuberculosis Screening & Testing for Health Care Personnel

Research has demonstrated low probability of tuberculosis (TB) transmission in U.S. health care settings. As such, working in a U.S. health care setting does not put health care personnel (HCP) at increased risk for acquiring TB. However, baseline testing, use of TB risk assessments and symptom screen, annual education and treatment of latent TB infection remains extremely important to prevent progression to TB disease among HCP and subsequent transmission. The following links outline CDC’s recommendations for screening and testing HCP in U.S. health care settings and this video gives a brief overview.

– Updated 2019 MMWR Guidelines 
– Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005 MMWR 2005; 54 (No. RR-17) 

Related to this research and in response to the updated TB screening, testing, and treatment of U.S. health care personnel guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) TB Program published resources outlining these guidelines. Attached to this email, please find a letter outlining available resources related to this topic and an algorithm outlining each step of the screening and testing process. 

Additional information can be located on our website or by contacting the CDPHE TB program at cdphe_tbinfo@state.co.us or 303-692-2638.

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