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Required TB Screening

After arrival in the US, all students registered with the International Program or English Language Service (ELS) must complete Tuberculosis (TB) testing within the first 30 days of classes. You will have a hold on your account and will not be able to add/drop/register for any classes until you have completed your TB testing. All TB Testing is required to be performed at the University Health Center due to management of different complexities of receiving vaccines and the timeline process of the correct type of TB Testing to be performed. We cannot accept TB testing performed outside the US. Testing at other US clinics, also may not be accepted. Please call the University Health Center (423-439-4225) to make an appointment for your TB Screening and/or Testing as medically determined. 

**IMPORTANT PLEASE READ!!**

Live-viruses vaccines may interfere with TB Skin Test results. For persons scheduled to receive a TB Skin Test, testing should be done as follows (CDC Guidelines):

  • Either on the same day as vaccination with live-virus vaccine or 4-6 weeks after the administration of the live-virus vaccine

  • At least one month after smallpox vaccination

**University Health Center follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on TB prevention and control to protect the health and safety of all ETSU students. According to CDC guidelines on TB infection/disease, persons born outside the U.S. at higher risk for exposure to and infection with M. tuberculosis, “especially those who have arrived to the United States within 5 years after moving from geographic areas with a high incidence of TB disease (e.g., Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Russia) or who frequently travel to countries with a high prevalence of TB disease” (MMWR, 2005).

If you originated or resided for more than 3 months in any countries from the TB High Burden Countries list below, you are at a higher risk for having TB and thus must be tested. 

TB High Burden Countries (WHO, 2016)

Angola
Bangladesh
Brazil
China
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ethiopia
India
Indonesia
Kenya
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Russian Federation
South Africa
Thailand
United Republic of Tanzania
Vietnam
Cambodia
Central African Republic
Congo
Lesotho
Liberia
Namibia
Papua New Guinea
Sierra Leone
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

 

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