Tuberculosis (TB) Program

Preventing and controlling the spread of TB in Ohio

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial disease primarily of the lungs. It is airborne and spreads when someone with active TB disease coughs, laughs or sings.

To control the spread of TB in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health TB Control Program works with local health departments and private medical providers to:

  1. Identify and treat TB disease
  2. Identify, evaluate, and treat newly infected contacts to infectious TB cases
  3. Screen high-risk populations for TB infection

Reporting Information for Tuberculosis (TB)

Class B1

Report by the close of the next business day after the case or suspected case presents and/or a positive laboratory result to the county TB control unit where the patient resides. If patient residence is unknown, report to the county TB control unit which the reporting health care provider is located.

New LTBI Treatment Regimen

On December 9, 2011, the CDC released recommendations on the use of a new 12 dose regimen consisting of isoniazid and rifapentine to treat latent TB infection. This represents a major advancement in preventing future cases of TB disease.