For Partners & Providers
Successful treatment of TB in Dane County is dependent on good communication between Public Health staff, health care providers and the state TB program.
By law, medical providers, infection control practitioners, and laboratories must report all suspected or confirmed cases of tuberculosis to us within 24 hours of diagnosis. Routine follow up visits must also be reported.
What to Report
Clinicians and laboratories must report:
- Clinical suspicion of TB (Pulmonary or Extrapulmonary)
- A smear from any site that is positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB)
- A nucleic acid-based assay positive for M. tuberculosis complex
- A positive culture for M. tb complex
- Biopsy, pathology, or autopsy findings consistent with active TB
- A patient being treated with anti-TB medications for suspected or confirmed TB
Clinicians are also required to report continuation, discontinuation, completion, and other outcomes of patient treatment. In addition, they should report contacts of active TB cases who are receiving treatment for TB infection.
When to Report
Within 24 hours of diagnosis, all suspected and confirmed cases must be reported to us. We then report all suspected cases to the State TB control program.
How to Report
- Call the TB on-call nurse at (608) 266-4821 during our normal business hours: Monday – Friday from 7:45 am – 4:30 pm.
- During normal business hours, you may also fax notification (demographic information, lab work, radiology, notes, etc) to (608) 266-4858. If you are faxing, please call the TB On-Call nurse to confirm receipt of fax.
- Outside of normal business hours, call (608) 267-3913 to report the case. If the line is busy, DO NOT leave a message. Hang up and try calling again in a minute or two, as we may be working on a critical incident.
If patient is symptomatic, instruct the patient on isolation precautions.
- Patient must stay home until appropriate follow up is received (provider follow up, CXR, sputum collection, etc.)
- Patients are not allowed to go out in public (this includes school, work, church, large gatherings, etc.)
- Patients may go outside for fresh air and have home windows open, if desired.
Ensure patient has masks to wear for the ride home and to medical appointments, etc.
- Refer to Infectious Disease provider (or other provider who will manage TB care).
- Order a chest X-ray.
- Make sure Public Health is notified.
- A Public Health Nurse will follow up with patient on the next business day to assess the need for home sputum collection.
- LTBI Request for Medication Form
- Active TB Disease Request for Medication Form
- TB Reporting Requirements & Isolation Information
- Risk Factors for LTBI Treatment
- Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know
- TB Treatment Guidelines
- Treatment of Drug-Susceptible Tuberculosis
- Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians, 3rd edition
- Frequently Asked Questions on Ordering TB Medications
Additional Information and Education
- Tuberculosis 101 Video
- Partnering with Public Health Video
- Infection Control in Health Care Settings
- Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of TB in Health Care Settings
- Home Sputum Collection Videos
We host an annual TB Summit in the Spring of each year. Participants get updates on new treatment guidelines, hear case studies, lab updates and get to network with other TB professionals from around the area. This day of educational opportunities is a great way to stay up to date on TB care, prevention and control.
The TB Summit takes place annually close to March 24th, which is World TB Day. For registration information, please check back in January.