What is tuberculosis risk assessment?

NONE. California Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment. A TB screening tool to be administered by licensed healthcare providers. Use this form to identify asymptomatic adults for latent TB infection (LTBI) testing. * Re-test persons who previously tested negative, and have new risk factors since the last assessment.

What is the greatest risk of exposure to tuberculosis?

Close contacts of a person with infectious TB disease. Persons who have immigrated from areas of the world with high rates of TB. Children less than 5 years of age who have a positive TB test. Groups with high rates of TB transmission, such as homeless persons, injection drug users, and persons with HIV infection.

How is TB exposure detected?

There are two tests that can be used to help detect TB infection: a TB skin test or a TB blood test. The skin test is used most often. A small needle is used to put some testing material, called tuberculin, under the skin.

Which of the following family members exposed to TB would be at highest risk for contracting the disease?

Young children living in close contact with a source case of smear-positive pulmonary TB are at particular risk of TB infection and disease. The risk of infection is greatest if the contact is close and prolonged (such as contact of an infant or toddler with the mother or other caregiver in the household).

How many years is a TB test valid?

Employees who initially test negative for TB infection are required to repeat a TB exam at least once every 4 years.

What age group is most likely to get tuberculosis?

In the United States, more than 60% of TB cases occur in persons aged 25-64 years; however, the age-specific risk is highest in persons older than 65 years. TB is uncommon in children aged 5-15 years.

Can you get TB if you’ve been vaccinated?

You can still get TB infection or TB disease even if you were vaccinated with BCG. You will need a TB test to see if you have latent TB infection or TB disease.

Who should be screened for TB?

People seeking care who may be eligible for TB screening include people with medical conditions that constitute risk factors for TB (such as people living with HIV and people with diabetes mellitus) who may seek care for reasons other than symptoms compatible with TB.

When is a TB test required?

A TB skin test may be done if you live or have spent time with someone who has TB. The test is often done if you have signs of active TB. For example, you cough up blood or have night sweats. You may need to be tested if you share needles to inject drugs.

How is HIV infection increases the risk of tuberculosis?

HIV weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of TB in people with HIV. Infection with both HIV and TB is called HIV/TB coinfection. Untreated latent TB infection is more likely to advance to TB disease in people with HIV than in people without HIV.

How do you check TB?

To check for TB, a small amount of a purified protein derivative is injected into the arm to check for a reaction, identifying exposure. Doctors will use a chest x-ray to confirm a TB diagnosis.

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