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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program

Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I get a tuberculosis (TB) test?
Public Health - Seattle & King County no longer provides TB testing for work or school purposes. This service can be provided by your private medical provider, community health center or occupational health center in your area.

Frequently Asked Questions about TB
Current interest
2012 TB Annual Report (PDF)
In King County, 108 cases of TB were reported in 2012. The rate of TB (5.5 cases per 100,000) was unchanged from 2011 -- the lowest rate over the past 30 years in Seattle and King County. While the rate of TB was unchanged, there are an estimated 100,000 people with latent (or dormant) TB infection (LTBI) in King County.

What you need to know about tuberculosis
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Facts about QuantiFERON-TB Gold test
Blood test for latent TB infection from the CDC
Staying healthy
Facts about BCG vaccine
Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) is made of a live, weakened strain of Mycobacterium bovis. It was developed in the 1930s and it remains the only vaccination available against tuberculosis today.

Washington State Dept. of Health's Tuberculosis Program

CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination
Highlights include Tuberculosis Guidelines, online ordering system for educational materials, self-paced interactive TB study modules and epidemiological reports.

Where can I find a civil surgeon for immigration?
Many immigrants to the U.S. applying for adjustment of status are required to have a medical examination. The medical examination must be conducted by a civil surgeon who has been designated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For health care providers
Information for health care providers

General information about tuberculosis

TB Control Program Resource Guide (PDF)

External links to related tuberculosis websites

Annual checklist
This is a list to check the common symptoms of active TB, which can be used for annual symptom check for someone with latent TB infection.
Reports, forms and publications
Annual TB reports
106 cases of TB were reported in King County in 2011, and the TB Control Program provided more than 9,000 patient-visits at its clinic. The rate in 2011 was the lowest over the past 30 years in Seattle and King County, with the number of TB cases in the homeless community at an all-time low.

Annual checklist
This is a list to check the common symptoms of active TB, which can be used for annual symptom check for someone with latent TB infection.

Clinic registration form (PDF)
For patients: Patient registration form when first visiting the King County TB Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Download and print this form and write in your information then bring it with you when you visit the clinic.

Please call TB Control Program at 206-744-4579 for any patient referral or consultation.

Harborview Medical Center
325 - 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-744-4579
Fax: 206-744-4350

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesdays
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm;
appointments are required.

Our mission is to interrupt the transmission of tuberculosis in Seattle & King County