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Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test
Facilitator Guide

Background on the Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test

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In the United States, the Mantoux tuberculin skin test has been the standard method for detecting latent TB infection since the 1930s.

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.

Facilitator note

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 for testing?

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.



Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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