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Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Clinic

The Health Unit no longer provides TB screening to meet college and university placement requirements or to meet hospital workplace/volunteer requirements.

Here are some options for people looking for TB skin testing for schools, employment or volunteering purposes:

Given the low incidence of TB disease in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and current capacity at the Health Unit, TB skin tests for employment purposes are not being offered by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

As an alternative to a TB skin test, employees can self-monitor for and promptly report symptoms suggestive of TB (cough, for more than 2 weeks duration with or without fever, night sweats or weight loss). They should not work until pulmonary TB disease is ruled out by a physician which would include a chest X-ray if TB is suspected.

If the employer decides to proceed with requiring new employees to have a TB skin test in-house or by another provider then consider the following recommendations for employees who will be providing in-person care (Canadian Tuberculosis Standards):

  1. Person with Documented Results of Previous 2-Step TST:
    • If both tests were negative
      • Done >6 months ago – A 1-step TST can be done.
      • Done <6 months ago – No further testing is recommended
  2. Person with Unknown TST:
    • A 2-step TST can be done. If both tests are negative – No further testing is recommended

If either test is positive – Report positive TST to the Health Unit at 613-345-5685-2222, and refer individual to their physician for a medical evaluation, possible treatment for latent TB, and education about signs and symptoms of active TB.

If TB skin tests are done, then the guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (Canadian Tuberculosis Standards) is important to consider in interpreting the results.