Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
World Tuberculosis (TB) Day – To celebrate World TB Day, CDC is continuing our efforts to raise awareness of latent TB infection testing and treatment among healthcare providers.
New Think. Test. Treat TB resources and activities are available to help healthcare providers:
- Know the risk factors for latent TB infection, and recommend testing for patients at increased risk.
- Use TB blood tests (Interferon Gamma Release Assays [IGRAs]) because they can be done in one visit, and are the most accurate for patients who have been vaccinated for TB (the Bacille Calmette-Guérin, or BCG vaccine) in the past.
- Treat latent TB infection with shorter, rifamycin-based treatment regimens to prevent TB disease. Proper treatment also helps combat antimicrobial resistance.
The Think. Test. Treat TB website has a new page for healthcare providers, and new digital resources to help share the Think. Test. Treat TB message. You can also access free resources in multiple languages, including TB messages, digital and print resources, social media content, patient and provider education materials, and a partner toolkit.