Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test
Background on the Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test
In the United States, the Mantoux tuberculin skin test has been
the standard method for detecting latent TB infection since the
The skin test is used to evaluate people for latent TB infection.
It's primarily used in two situations.
First, it's used in contact investigations to test close contacts
of people who have active TB disease.
Second, it's used as part of targeted testing activities in various
groups of people who are at high risk for TB, such as health care
workers who serve high-risk clients, residents and employees of
correctional facilities, and foreign-born people from areas that
have a high TB incidence.
The priorities for targeted testing of high-risk populations should
be based on local epidemiologic data.
Discuss the targeted testing program at your facility.
- What are the priorities for testing at your facility?
- Which populations or target groups should be considered
Once you've decided who should be tested, then you can begin the
Mantoux tuberculin skin test procedure.
The two main parts are administering and reading the skin test.