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Division of Tuberculosis Elimination

The mission of the West Virginia Division of Tuberculosis Elimination is to achieve the absence of indigenous transmission of tuberculosis infection in West Virginia, which results in clinically apparent tuberculosis disease.

The DTBE provides tuberculin testing materials to Local Health Departments for contacts and other high risk persons. We also provide x-rays for evaluation of active disease and latent TB infection (LTBI) through Local Health Departments. Clinicians are provided for chest diagnostic clinics to evaluate/treat active disease and LTBI. We provide medications as well as financial support to Local Health Departments to do Liver Function Tests for TB cases and LTBI patients. We work with the Office of Laboratory Services to provide AFB smear and culture testing, drug susceptibilities and DNA fingerprinting of specimens.

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Whats New

OCTOBER 2015 - New TB-70 forms effective immediately.

Beginning in October 2015, the new TB-70 Prior Authorization form will enable us to fax a rapid response. The new form can be found on the TB Forms page.

AUGUST 2015 - New TB-15 forms effective August 2015.

Beginning in August 2015, new TB-15 forms will need to be turned in to DTBE each month. The sections titled "Required by WV Law" have been removed from each form. The new forms can be found on the TB Forms page.

MAY 2015 - New TB Testing Criteria effective May 26, 2015.

Beginning May 26, 2015, there will be a new TB Testing Criteria in effect. The new TB Testing Criteria will be listed on the Protocols page.


JULY 2014 - New TB Testing Criteria, New Prior Authorization Form, TWO updated TB-15 forms and updated LTBI record.

Beginning July 1, 2014, each county will be required to turn in 2 TB-15 forms per month:  one TB-15-P for Private Pay PPD / T-Spots, and one TB-15-S for State Supplied PPD / T-Spots.  The newly modified TB-101 is listed on the TB Forms page.  The NEW TB-70 PA (Prior Authorization) is now available as well.  The new TB Testing Criteria will be listed on the Protocols page.


UPDATE OCTOBER 11, 2013:  See the important memo below which provides guidance regarding the PPD shortage:

Important PPD Shortage Guidance Memo, Oct. 11, 2013

Letter of Deferral (PPD Shortage Letter)

TB-104 Risk Assessment

Important Note, Sept. 17, 2013:  There is currently a nationwide shortage of PPD.  A memo has been sent to all local health departments regarding this.  See the Dear Colleague Letter below for important information and resources on this:

Dear Colleague Letter


CDC: MMWR Recommendations

MMWR, Dec 16, 2005 / 54(RR15);1-37. "Guidelines for the Investigation of Contacts of Persons with Infectious Tuberculosis"

MMWR, Dec 30, 2005 / Vol. 54 / No. RR-17. "Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005"

MMWR, June 20, 2003 / Vol. 52 / No. RR-11. "Treatment of Tuberculosis"

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