Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium that usually affects the lungs but can affect any part of the body such as the kidneys, lymph nodes, bones, joints, brain, and spine. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria gets sick. As a result, there are two conditions: latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and tuberculosis disease. Both conditions can be treated. Without treatment LTBI can progress to TB disease. If not treated, TB disease can be fatal.
TB is spread through the air from one person to another when someone with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, laughs or sings. People with TB disease are most likely to spread TB to people they spend every day with such as family members, co-workers, schoolmates, and friends.
In New York, local health departments conduct contact investigations to minimize the spread of TB and assign a case manager to every person with TB disease to assure coordination of care and treatment completion.
Information for Health Care Providers
- Reporting Requirements
- CDC Tools for Health Care Providers
- Tuberculosis Guidelines
- USPSTF Recommendation for TB Screening (May 2, 2023)
- Guidelines for the Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Recommendations from NTCA/CDC, 2020 MMWR Recomm Rep; 69(No. RR-1):1-11
- Testing and Treatment of Latent TB Infection in United States: Clinical Recommendations
- ATS/IDSA/CDC Clinical Practice Guidelines: Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Adults and Children (January 2017)
- ATS/CDC/IDSA Clinical Practice Guidelines: Treatment of Drug-Susceptible Tuberculosis (October 2016)
- Treatment of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2019
- Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians
- Other CDC Tuberculosis Guidelines