The tuberculosis (TB) program collaborates with health care professionals and local health agencies to prevent and manage the spread of TB in Wyoming. The program maintains patient assistance programs to help with the cost of diagnostic lab testing and medications for individuals with TB infection or disease. The program also oversees directly observed therapy for individuals with active TB and conducts contact testing for individuals with infectious TB.
If you are in need of a TB test, those tests can be performed by your health care provider or at a local public health nursing office. Please contact your provider or closest nursing office to ask for information about getting a test.
Healthcare Employee TB Testing
All healthcare facilities should have policies and procedures in place to address TB screening for their employees based upon current CDC guidelines. The most recent guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5417.pdf.
CDC guidelines recommend a yearly facility risk assessment to classify facilities into low, medium, or potential on-going risk for TB exposure. Healthcare workers should be screened and tested based on the risk of encountering TB in their work environment. The Wyoming Department of Health created a simple risk assessment tool that can be used along with the CDC guidelines. After creating a TB infection control plan, this tool can be used yearly to ascertain the risk of TB exposure. Low risk facilities do not need to perform yearly TB skin tests on their employees.
Wyoming and national TB rates are needed to complete a facility risk assessment. Those can be found on the Statistics button on this page. The state TB manual has a short section about TB infection control in healthcare settings which may be helpful (link to TB manual is below, page 58). If you have further questions about healthcare facilities and TB testing, please contact Samantha Birch at (307) 777-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUBERCULOSIS STATISTICS IN WYOMING
CLICK HERE to view the Department of Health 2016 Wyoming Tuberculosis Report. This report includes individual county rates. The Wyoming TB rate for 2016 was 0.2 cases per 100,000 people. The national TB rate was 2.9 cases per 100,000 people.