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WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION

Communicable Disease Unit

Due to changes in the Wyoming Department of Health Communicable Disease Unit, the Tuberculosis (TB) Program is now part of the Communicable Disease Unit Prevention Program.

Although our name is changing, or services are not. We continue to provide education and support to the public and to health care professionals throughout the state of Wyoming.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE UNIT TUBERCULOSIS STAFF:

         Brittany Wardle, Communicable Disease Prevention Program Manager: (307) 777-3562

         Samantha Birch, Disease Intervention Specialist: (307) 777-6563

         Debi Anderson, Communicable Disease Unit Manager: (307)777-7529 / (307)777-5856 

 

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS and TUBERCULOSIS QUESTIONS / OVERSIGHT:

         Brittany WardleCommunicable Disease Prevention Program Manager : (307)777-3562

 

  

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCREENING HEALTHCARE WORKERS FOR TB

All healthcare facilities should have policies and procedures in place to address TB screening for their employees based on current Wyoming Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

New guidelines to be distributed in 2016 (CLICK HERE) advise that each facility perform an individualized facility risk assessment and screen healthcare workers based on the risk of encountering TB in their work environment.

The WDH TB Facility Risk Assessment can be used to classify facilities into low, medium, or potential on-going risk. Low risk facilities have the option to eliminate yearly TST screening for their healthcare workers.

WDH Facility Risk Assessment Form


Even more in depth guidance can be found in the CDC's "Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005." (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5417.pdf)

Facilities that order TB skin testing supplies through the state program will be required to submit a copy of their facility risk assessment to the TB program by the end of 2016 to continue participating in that program.

If you have further questions about facility risk assessments, please contact Samantha Birch at samantha.birch@wyo.gov or at 307-777-6563.

 

 

NEW SPANISH TUBERCULOSIS EDUCATION WEBSITE

The Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE)... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce the launch of the Spanish TB website at:

 

HTTP://WWW.CDC.GOV/TB/ESP

 

The website provides a variety of basic TB information on exposure, testing and treatment of the disease.  This website includes translated DTBE fact sheets, publications, posters, recorded video and audio podcases in Spanish.

 

2012 TB MANUAL NOW AVAILABLE

Electronic version available here!

To request a hard copy version, please send an email through the TB Supplies email (tbsupplies@wyo.gov) with the header "TB Manual Request" and include your clinic name, attention to:, address, and phone number.

 

NEW TB MEDICATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

As of August 1, 2011 all clinics requesting TB medications must have the new Risk Assessment form completed with the patient's Social Security number. If the client does not have a Social Security number, please call the Wyoming Department of Health, TB Program prior to completion of the form. 

 

SHOULD YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY BE CONDUCTING SCREENING FOR TB??

All healthcare facilities should have current policies in place to address TB screening, based on the November 2010 Wyoming Department of Health recommendations (CLICK HERE).

Please read and complete the CDC Guidance and Risk Assessment (below) to determine specific facility risk and appropriate screening frequency.

 

CDC TB Screening Guidance

CDC Facility Risk Assessment

 

Wyoming specific TB data is available on the Wyoming TB Statistics page of this website.

   

TB TESTING GUIDELINES AND FORMS: 

~ CLICK HERE FOR NEW TARGETED TB TESTING GUIDELINES ~

~ CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT TB RISK ASSESSMENT FORM ~  

This new Risk Assessment form will be required for all clients receiving state provided PPD.

~ CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT ONLINE TB SKIN TEST SUMMARY ~

All sites must use the new TB Skin Test Summary to report skin testing.

This must be completed and received prior to ordering additional TB Skin Testing Supplies.

For instructions on filling out the log, go to the Tuberculosis Program Forms/Supplies tab.