Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis, 2000
Community TB Control
Identification and Management of Persons Infected with
TB control programs should establish working relationships with
other health care providers and agencies who provide health care
services to high-risk populations and should assist them in developing
and implementing testing programs.
Testing for TB infection should be done in well-defined groups.
Groups that are not at high risk for TB should not be tested routinely,
because testing in low-risk populations diverts resources from other
priority activities and because positive tests in low-risk persons
may not represent TB infection. Flexibility is needed in defining
high-priority groups for testing. The changing epidemiology of TB
indicates that the risk for TB among groups currently considered
high priority may decrease over time, and groups currently not identified
as being at risk subsequently may be considered as high priority.
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination - http://www.cdc.gov/tb
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