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Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis, 2000

Chapter 10
Community TB Control

Data Collection and Analysis

TB reporting is required by law in every state. All new TB cases and suspected cases should be reported promptly to the health department by the clinician. Cases may also be reported by infection control nurses or by pharmacies when TB drugs are dispensed. In addition, all positive TB smears and cultures should be reported promptly by laboratories.

Early reporting is important for the control of TB, and it gives clinicians access to the resources of the health department for assistance in case management and contact investigation. State and local health departments have different procedures for reporting TB and other infectious diseases. Health care providers should become familiar with the system used in their area.

All drug susceptibility results should be forwarded to the health department. These results are important for the evaluation and treatment of infected contacts. In addition, health departments use this information to determine drug resistance rates and patterns in their area.


Released October 2008
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