Epi Profile Section 10 - Reporting Requirements

General Reporting Requirements 

Texas laws affecting TB

Both TB disease or suspicion of disease, and TB infection are Notifiable Conditions reportable to your local or regional health department.

Reportable TB Disease or Suspicion of TB Disease - Reportable within one (1) working day. This includes the following: suspected tuberculosis disease pending final laboratory results; positive nucleic acid amplification tests; clinically or laboratory-confirmed tuberculosis disease; and all Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) complex including M. tuberculosis, M. bovis, M. africanum, M. canettii, M. microti, M. caprae, and M. pinnipedii. See rules and reporting information.

Reportable Tuberculosis Infection - Reportable within one (1) week to the local or regional health department. A diagnosis of a latent TB infection is NOT complete until the following criteria have been met:

  1. Positive tuberculin skin test (TST) with results written in millimeters and date read, or positive result from an FDA-approved Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) test; and
  2. Documentation that patient has no current signs or symptoms of active tuberculosis disease; and
  3. Chest radiography results that are read as normal, or not consistent with TB; and
  4. There is no suspicion of active TB disease

Reporting details are found on the Notifiable Conditions page, which includes links to the reporting forms.

TB is reportable to the Local or Regional Health Department. List of DSHS Regional Offices.

Table of Contents | An Overview of Tuberculosis in Texas | Geographic Distribution of Tuberculosis in Texas | Affected Populations | Case Diagnosis | Recent Transmission | Mortality | Risk Factors Associated with Tuberculosis | Drug Resistant TB | Public Health Follow-Up Outcomes | Reporting Requirements | References