Tuberculosis (TB) can have a negative impact on health systems, including:

  • Lost working hours
  • Reduced productivity
  • Quality of care challenges due to staffing shortages and replacement of personnel

With Quest Diagnostics, screening for TB and latent TB infection (LTBI) can help minimize the impact TB can have on your organization and reduce its transmission.

Are you ready to deal with TB?

Test your knowledge of TB and see how you stack up. Take this short quiz to see if you’re a TB expert. Select the correct answer below. Would you rather schedule a meeting?

Question 1

of the world's population
is infected with TB.1

Question 2

A typical TB case requires
days of therapy through
medications to treat the disease.2

Question 3

A sick staff member may lose
of work time.3

Question 4

out of every 10 TB cases in the US
occur among non–US-born persons.2

Question 5

More than of US TB cases
are associated with reactivation
of longstanding, untreated LTBI.4

Question 6

Healthcare personnel are at
greater risk of LTBI than
the general population.5

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References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tuberculosis (TB). Data and statistics. December 31, 2018. Accessed August 28, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/tb/statistics/default.htm
  2. CDC. Take on tuberculosis infographic. September 2018. Accessed August 28, 2019.
    https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/infographic/pdf/take-on-tuberculosis-infographic.pdf
  3. World Health Organization. Guidelines for workplace TB control activities: the contribution of workplace TB control activities to TB control in the community.
    http://www.stoptb.org/assets/documents/resources/publications/technical/workplace_guidelines.pdf. Accessed July 18, 2019.
  4. CDC. CDC features. Burden of TB in the United States. November 15, 2018. Accessed August 28, 2019.
    https://www.cdc.gov/features/burden-tb-us/index.html
  5. Uden L, Barber E, Ford N, Cooke GS. Risk of tuberculosis infection and disease for health care workers: an updated meta-analysis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017;4(3):ofx137. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofx137
  6. CDC. Tuberculosis. Testing and diagnosis. Testing for TB infection. April 14, 2016. Accessed August 28, 2019.
    https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/tbtesttypes.htm
  7. CDC. Technical instructions for panel physicians and civil surgeons. Tuberculosis technical instructions for civil surgeons. September 2018. Accessed August 28, 2019. https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/civil/tuberculosis-civil-technical-instructions.html
  8. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Final recommendation statement. Latent tuberculosis infection: screening. September 2016. Accessed August 28, 2019. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/RecommendationStatementFinal/latent-tuberculosis-infection-screening
  9. Lewinsohn DM, Leonard MK, LoBue PA, et al. Official American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clinical practice guidelines: diagnosis of tuberculosis in adults and children. Clin Infect Dis. 2017;64(2):e1-e33. https://www.thoracic.org/statements/resources/tb-opi/diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-in-adults-and-children.PDF. doi:10.1093/cid/ciw694
  10. Kimberlin DW, Brady MT, Jackson MA, Long SS. Red Book® 2018–2021: report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. American Academy of Pediatrics. 2018.
  11. Eralp MN, Scholtes S, Martell G, Winter R, Exley AR. Screening of healthcare workers for tuberculosis: development and validation of a new health economic model to inform practice. BMJ Open. 2012;2(2):e000630. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000630
  12. Nienhaus A, Schablon A, Costa JT, Diel R. Systematic review of cost and cost-effectiveness of different TB-screening strategies. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011;11:247. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-247

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