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Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis, 2000

Chapter 10
Community TB Control


State and local health departments have the primary responsibility for preventing and controlling TB. However, other health care providers who provide TB services also have responsibility for preventing and controlling TB in their communities. Prevention and control efforts should include three priority strategies: (1) identifying and treating all persons who have TB disease, (2) finding and evaluating persons who have been in contact with TB patients to determine whether they have TB infection or disease, and treating them appropriately, and (3) testing high-risk groups for TB infection to identify candidates for treatment of latent infection and to ensure the completion of treatment.


After working through this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the three priority strategies for preventing and controlling TB in communities;
  • Describe the activities health care providers offering direct services for TB patients should conduct.


Released October 2008
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