FAQs about Tuberculosis (TB) and TB testing for long term care and retirement homes.
Tuberculosis (TB) Management
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This section has been created to assist health care providers with testing and managing TB by providing links to recommended references and guidance. If you would like to speak to members of our TB team, contact us at 519-258-2146 ext. 1777. We are available to consult with health care providers in Windsor-Essex.
All positive TB skin tests and suspected cases of Tuberculosis (TB) are reportable to the Medical Officer of Health. If you have any questions or concerns, call 519-258-2146 ext. 1777.
*Please note that TB medications are free and are provided by the Health Unit.
The Long Term Care Homes Act 2007, Ontario Regulation 79/10, and Retirement Homes Act 2010, Ontario Regulation 166/11, require screening for tuberculosis.
Latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is diagnosed when a person with a positive TB skin test has a chest x-ray which is negative for active TB disease.
Best practice indicates that a two-step tuberculin skin test (TST) involves two tests performed within one to four weeks of each other.
The Health Protection and Promotion Act 1990 (HPPA) outlines the requirements for physicians, practitioners, and institutions to report Tuberculosis (TB), including all positive TB skin tests, to the Medical Officer of Health. Please complete this form and fax to the TB Program of the Windsor‐Essex County Health Unit.