Testing Healthcare Workers for Latent Tuberculosis: Is It Evidence Based, Bio-Plausible, Both, Or Neither?

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all US health care workers be tested for active and latent tuberculosis (TB) infection upon hire and annually for those working in medium-risk settings.1 Latent TB infection refers to a dormant state in which infection is asymptomatic, noncontagious, but may be reactivated. The guidelines recommend that asymptomatic health care workers who test newly…

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