Updated December 29, 2014
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that can be deadly if not treated properly. Each year, Santa Clara County reports more cases of active TB than 38 states. The Public Health Department is working to stop the spread of TB in our community. We offer TB prevention, testing, and treatment. Working with local healthcare providers, our dedicated team of TB specialists identifies and cures people who have been infected with the disease.
Important Change in the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirements for Public, Private, Parochial K-12 and Nursery School Employees, Volunteers, and Contractors
Effective January 1, 2015, universal TB risk assessment replaces universal TB testing. Assembly bill (AB) 1667 was recently enacted and becomes effective on January 1, 2015. It replaces universal tuberculosis (TB) testing with a TB risk assessment questionnaire therefore updating California law to reflect current federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) targeted testing recommendations.
The new law requires a pre-K and K-12 TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire and Certificate of Completion form, developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California TB Controllers Association (CTCA), to be used; this form is included below. Under this new law, TB testing will be based on the results of the TB risk assessment.
If risk factors are identified, the provisions of the bill would then require TB screening/testing (Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or interferon gamma-release assay (IGRA) blood test). Anyone with a positive screening test must undergo an examination by a licensed provider to determine that the person is free of infectious tuberculosis.
Please find below the Adult TB Risk Assessment form, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document with additional details and guidance, as well as the complete text of the new law, AB 1667.
Change in the Tuberculosis (TB) School Mandate: From Universal Testing to Universal Risk Assessment and Targeted Testing
Effective June 1, 2014, students newly enrolling into school in Santa Clara County will be required to undergo TB testing ONLY if their healthcare provider identifies a risk factor for TB exposure. Prior to school enrollment children will be required to have their healthcare provider complete the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Risk Assessment for School Entry form. Take this form to your provider to complete and return to your child’s school. This requirement applies to students attending both public and private schools in Santa Clara County and is based on the authority given the Santa Clara County Health Officer under the California Health and Safety Code, Section 121515.
If your child does not have a regular health care provider, you may follow up at one of these community health centers to arrange for medical evaluation.
To learn more, download additional information regarding changes to the tuberculosis school mandate: