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TB Education and Guidelines

CDC's TB 101 for Health Care Workers

The CDC's TB 101 for Health Care Workers is designed to educate health care workers about basic concepts related to TB prevention and control in the United States.  The target audience for the course includes newly hired TB program staff and health care workers in areas related to TB (such as individuals who work in correctional facilities or HIV/AIDS clinics).

CDC's Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know

The CDC's Interactive Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know provides clinicians and other public health professionals with information on diagnosing and treating latent TB infection and TB disease.  The target audience of the course is clinicians caring for people with or at high risk for TB disease.  Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered free of charge.

CDC's Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis

The Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis are a series of educational modules designed to provide information about TB in a self-study format. The series consists of a total of nine modules that are separated into two courses. The first course, Modules 1-5, provides basic information on TB. The second course, Modules 6-9, provides more specific TB programmatic information.

TB Event Materials

World TB Day 2019

Tuberculosis Guidelines and Resources

Essential Components of a TB Prevention and Control Program

Treatment of Tuberculosis

Guidelines for the Investigation of Contacts of Persons with Infectious Tuberculosis

Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Testing Products

Updated Guidelines for Using Interferon Gamma Release Assays to Detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection --- United States, 2010

Ohio Department of Health Infectious Disease Control Manual

Tuberculosis Handbook for School Nurses

All available CDC guidelines by topic

Cohort Review Process: Key Activities and Roles - Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute

Updated Recommendations for Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of U.S. Health Care Personnel - CDC's MMWR

Effective Interviewing for Tuberculosis Contact Investigation - Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute [Video Training]

Revised 2018 TB Follow up Worksheet and needs for Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS) [Video Training]

Updated TB Testing and Treatment Recommendations for Health Care Personnel [Video Training]

TB Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons: What Health Department Staff Need to Know

TB Infection Control in Health Care Settings

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Guidelines and Resources

Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) CDC Resources

Targeted Tuberculin Testing and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection

Latent Tuberculosis Infection: A Guide for Primary Health Care Providers

Update of Recommendations for Use of Once-Weekly Isoniazid-Rifapentine Regimen to Treat Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection

Using the Isoniazid/Rifapentine Regimen to Treat Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) - NTCA's Supplemental Guidance for Providers

New Guidelines for Treatment of Latent TB Infection

Laboratory Services and Information

Ohio Department of Health Laboratory (ODHL) Microbiology Services 

  • Culture and smear (clinical material) - Information on the culture and smear of Mycobacterium species at ODHL. 
    • Test includes: Acid fast stain, DNA probe; High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC); Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization - Time of Flight Mass Spectroscopy (MALDITOF MS); BD BACTEC™ MGIT™ Antimycobacterial Susceptibility Testing (AST)
  • Isolate Identification - Information on the identification of Mycobacterium species at ODH Laboratory.
    • Test includes: Acid-fast stain; DNA probe; HPLC; MALDI-TOF MS
  • NAA - Information on the nucleic acid amplification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis at ODH Laboratory.
    • Test includes: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Susceptibility testing - Information on the susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis at ODH Laboratory.
    • Test includes: AST for the following anti-TB drugs: Streptomycin, Isoniazid, Rifampin, Ethambutol, and Pyrazinamide

Note: All specimens collected should be sent for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) smear and culture. At least one initial specimen should be sent for nucleic acid amplification (NAA) testing. At least one culture-positive specimen should be sent for whole genome sequencing (WGS) and/or genotyping. At least one culture-positive specimen should be sent for drug susceptibility testing. All subsequent specimens should be sent for smear and culture as part of case management and follow-up.


ODH TB Program Manual: Chapter 11 - Lab Services

Outlines the available laboratory tests and their turnaround time for results. Provides further detail regarding TB test collection, shipment, and laboratory services.

If you have any additional questions, contact ODH TB Lab at (614) 644-4669 or the ODH TB unit at (614) 466-2381