Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program
Where to 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 clinic.
For health care and social service providers:
Disease reporting requirements
Physicians are required by state law to report suspected cases of active TB to the county health department within one day. Do not wait for culture confirmation, which may take up to two months, to report the case. Delayed reporting may contribute to the development of multidrug resistance and to increased transmission of infection and disease if contact investigation is delayed.
A case does not need to be referred, simply reported. Quarterly status reports on each diseased patient must be furnished to the county TB control program. Positive results of TB skin test, QuantiFERON, or TSpot do not need to be reported.
- Reporting requirements and additional resources
- Annual TB reports and data summary
- External websites on tuberculosis
Reporting requirements for civil surgeons
As of October 1, 2018, the new Tuberculosis Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons require reporting individuals diagnosed with LTBI to the health department of the client's residence. In August 19, 2019 we moved to an electronic reporting system for Civil Surgeons to report individuals diagnosed with LTBI. This system is HIPAA-compliant and you no longer need to fax us anything.
We have also developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage to:
- Clarify some of the recent updates to the reporting process;
- Explain the outreach efforts conducted by Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC); and
- Place the TB Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons in context of the specific PHSKC referral and reporting processes.
For those with abnormal x-rays concerning with tuberculosis, please continue to alert us. The information (e.g. radiology report) can be faxed to 206-744-4350 or you can call us at 206-744-4579. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
TB Control Program
HMC Box 359776
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
We are located in East Clinic wing of Harborview Medical Center, on the ground floor, next to the Gamma Knife Center.
Phone: 206-744-4579. Appointments are required.
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
The Washington TB Collaborative Network (WTCN) provides staffing, lab and materials support for Tuberculosis Programs around Washington State and facilitates connections among network partners.
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/tb