The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit strongly recommends that all employees/volunteers in all healthcare settings have pre-employment baseline TB screening.
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Your public health nurse or health care provider has told you that you have a positive TB skin test. This means you have come in contact with the tuberculosis germ (bacteria) at some time in the past.
Latent TB Infection (LTBI)
Active TB Disease
BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) is a vaccine for TB that is given in many countries. In Canada, it is only given to a small group of high risk people. BCG does not provide very much protection from TB disease.
You can ask your primary health care provider (e.g., family doctor) for a TST.
A TB skin test is also known as a tuberculin skin test (TST). It shows if you have been exposed to the TB germ and have it in your body. This test is also called a Mantoux test. It is not a vaccine. A TST is safe for pregnant women.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease caused by TB germs. TB usually attacks the lungs but can affect any part of the body.