All cases of
tuberculosis (TB) are reported to the local or state
health department, because the disease can spread to others and cause outbreaks.
Major health authorities keep track of TB outbreaks and encourage early testing
for people who are at risk for the disease.
Spend a lot of
time with a person who has active TB disease, which can be spread to
Have symptoms of tuberculosis.
Inject illegal drugs.
Were born in parts of the
world where tuberculosis is common, such as Latin America and the Caribbean,
Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia.
Live or work in nursing
homes, homeless shelters, migrant farm camps, prisons, or jails.
People who have a high risk for developing TB usually have a
skin test (tuberculin test) on a regular basis. Health
professionals often are given a tuberculin skin test when they begin work in a
hospital or nursing home, with retesting every 6 to 12 months.
more information, see the topic Tuberculosis.
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November 14, 2014
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