TB Surveillance Resources and Reporting Instructions

Laboratory Reporting Requirements

Dear Colleague Letter, May 21, 2021
TB Isolate Shipping Instructions

Reporting Suspected and Verified TB Cases

The Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT) is the national surveillance form used by all states and territories to report TB cases to the CDC. The data are collected by local and state programs and submitted electronically to the CDC. The data collected are used to monitor TB trends, identify priority needs, and create annual surveillance reports.

CDC Report of a Verified TB Case (RVCT) Form
CDC RVCT Instruction Manual
Training slides on 2020 RVCT revisions
Training slides on 2020 RVCT – Case Studies
2020 RVCT Form

Reporting of Latent TB Infection

CDC Latent TB Infection (LTBI) Surveillance Manual
CDC LTBI Reporting Form

Reporting Evaluation of Recently Arrived Immigrants and Refugees

The Electronic Disease Notification system (EDN) is a centralized electronic reporting system that notifies US state and local health departments and screening clinics of the arrival of refugees and immigrants with health conditions requiring medical follow-up. EDN was developed by CDC in 2006 and is used under the authority of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 US Code 1522). (CDC)

CDC TB Follow-Up Worksheet for Class B Arrivals
CDC Guidelines for Medical Examination of Immigrants and Refugees
Tuberculosis Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons

Weekly Reporting of TB Concerning Events

Weekly Report of New Concerning Tuberculosis (TB) Events

Transferring Care for People Affected by TB Within the United States

Interjurisdictional transfers are supported by the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) to promote continuity of care for TB patients who move from one jurisdiction to another during the course of TB treatment. This system also assists in public health follow-up for people exposed to TB who move prior to TB evaluation.

  • The Interjurisdictional Notification (IJN) referral forms were updated and finalized in August, 2022.
  • There are separate referral forms for Active/Possible TB, TB Infection, and people exposed to active TB.
  • At the end of each form is a Follow-up Information section.
  • All the new IJN referral forms, instructions on how to use them, and the list of IJN TB referral points of contact can be found on the National TB Controllers Association website

International Transfers

CureTB connects individuals affected by TB to public health authorities and healthcare services when they move outside the United States.

CureTB Transnational TB Notification
CureTB Contact/Source Investigation Notification Form
CureTB Website

Transfers of Migrant Workers Affected by TB

Migrant Clinicians Network / Health Network, formerly TB Net, is a multinational patient tracking and referral system aimed at maintaining continuum of care for mobile, underserved populations. The Health Network provides comprehensive case management, medical record referrals and follow up services to TB patients as well as other acute and chronic illnesses. The patient base includes migrant workers, the homeless, immigration detainees and prison parolees. Enrollment in the Health Network is free but must be initiated by a health care provider and requires the patients participation signature.

Enrollment in Migrant Clinicians Network/Health Network requires:

  1. Consent for Release of Medical Information (signed and dated by the patient)
  2. Participant Information Sheet
  3. Medical Records and/or summary of next steps

Migrant Clinicians Network/Health Network