Sent out on March 24, 2015.
To: Windsor-Essex County Health Care Providers
From: Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Associate Medical Officer of Health (acting), Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Each year, World TB Day is observed on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). As partners in health care, we wanted to highlight the importance of TB screening and treatment in our community, and resources that you and your staff might find useful.
In 2014, Windsor-Essex had 8 cases of active TB, 313 reported cases of LTBI. In addition, the Health Unit notified 1017 individuals of their need for contact tracing.
Important reminders for Health Care Providers:
- All active TB cases must be reported to the Health Unit by the next working day. During regular office hours, please call 519-258-2146 ext. 1777 and after hours please call 519-973-4510.
- All positive TB skin tests must also be reported to the Health Unit using our Tuberculosis Reporting Form. (It is on the Health Unit website www.wechu.org and found at https://www.wechu.org/tuberculosis-tb-management/tuberculosis-reporting-form
- Please consider TB screening in new immigrant families and aboriginal Canadians.
We have improved our TB sections of our website to offer you comprehensive resources on screening and treatment – for both health care providers as well as for patients/clients. Visit us at www.wechu.org.
- How to properly administer and read a TB Skin Test E Learning Module (30 minutes to complete and free) https://www.wechu.org/classes-and-clinics/classes/tb-e-learning and provides a certificate of completion.
- Information on TB Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Testing (Mantoux Test )
- Latent TB Infection Treatment Guidelines for the Health Care Provider
- Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes: Recommendations for Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and Frequently Asked Questions
- Link to the Ontario Public Health Tuberculosis Infectious Disease Protocol/Management and Provincial Case definition
- Link to the Canadian Tuberculosis Standards
- Link to the Tuberculosis Surveillance Protocol for Ontario Hospitals
- Link to the BCG World Atlas: Database of Global BCG Vaccination Policies and Practices
- International Tuberculosis Incidence Rates from Public Health Agency of Canada
- Link to the Tuberculosis Medication Drug and Food Interactions from University of Texas
Thank-you for your partnership as we “Reach, Treat and Cure Everyone” of TB in Windsor-Essex County.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed
Associate Medical Officer of Health (Acting)