Immigrants and refugees are screened overseas for tuberculosis by panel physicians. During that exam, if concerns related to tuberculosis are identified, the condition is given a Class B TB status of 1, 2 or 3 depending on what was identified. Upon arriving in the United States these individuals are required to contact the health department for assessment of their current TB status. Local health departments have the responsibility to facilitate the US evaluation for individuals with a Class B TB condition and report the screening results back to the Wisconsin TB Program.
The Wisconsin TB Program:
- Receives documentation from the CDC Division of Quarantine regarding all refugees and immigrants with TB Class Conditions arriving in Wisconsin, reviews records for TB follow-up needs and refers to local public health agencies.
- Tracks TB screening, follow-up, and treatment for LTBI obtained by all newly arrived refugees and immigrants with TB Class Conditions and reports results to CDC.
Respiratory Diseases and International Health Unit
Division of Public Health
Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response
1 West Wilson Street
Madison WI 53701-2659
608-266-0049 - Secure Fax
Jo Mercurio - Office operations/Dispensary
Pa Vang - TB nurse consultant
Philip Wegner - TB nurse consultant
Savitri Tsering - Refugee health coordinator