Tuberculosis Surveillance

Tuberculosis surveillance monitors and analyzes data on tuberculosis disease (mycobacterium tuberculosis), tuberculosis infection and mycobacterium and other tuberculosis and tuberculosis-like disease. Data collected include, but are not limited to, demographic, diagnostic and geographic information. Case management data are collected for mycobacterium tuberculosis. Accurate identification and timely reporting of both tuberculosis disease and infection are critical to successful disease control and treatment and the prevention of disease spread.

Successful tuberculosis surveillance enables public health agencies to:

Tuberculosis surveillance enhances physicians and public health agencies ability to control disease spread, develop prevention/intervention strategies and policies and respond to events involving potential exposure to tuberculosis disease.