TB Information and Resources for Local Public Health Departments - Minnesota Dept. of Health

TB Information for Local Public Health Departments

Tools and procedures for local public health departments who manage clients with active TB or latent TB infection (LTBI).

COVID-19 response: prioritizing TB activities
For more information about prioritizing active TB, contact investigation, latent infection, and Class B follow up at the local and tribal public health level, see Guide for Prioritizing TB Prevention and Control Activities During the COVID-19 Response (PDF).

Tuberculosis medications

Tuberculosis patient education materials

  • TB Basics
    Fact sheets (including translations), posters, videos and other resources on tuberculosis (TB) prevention, control, and elimination.
  • Home Sputum Collection Video
    Video produced by Public Health Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin that will show you how to provide a sputum specimen that was requested by your health care provider.

Interjurisdictional referrals

Procedures and forms for transferring the care of clients with active TB disease, LTBI, and close contacts to other jurisdictions (county, state, or international)

  • Interjursidictional Tuberculosis Notification Form (PDF)
    This National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) form is used to facilitate the transfer of patients with active TB, suspected TB, a TB Class A/B condition, TB Infection, and TB contact from state to state. It is also used to facilitate the transfer of patients between counties within Minnesota. There is an introduction to the form with instructions available on the NTCA websiteNote, please use the MDH LTBI form for latent TB infection transfers within the state.

    Please complete form and fax to MDH at 1-800-296-0993. MDH TB staff will forward form on to receiving jurisdiction. Consult with MDH TB staff if you have questions about the form.

  • International Notification of Tuberculosis Cases
    CDC Division of TB Elimination's recommended procedure for transferring clients with active TB disease who move outside of the United States. Please consult with MDH TB staff before completing form.

Contact investigation


  • Tuberculosis Patient Teaching Checklist (Word)
    Template developed by MDH and select local public health agencies to adapt for their own use. This includes teaching points for patients diagnosed with active TB disease and links to patient education fact sheets.
  • Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST) Protocol (Word)
    Template protocol developed by MDH for local public health agencies to adapt for their own use. Includes guidance for administration, reading, and interpreting TSTs. Note: to remove the watermark on the document, click on the document’s footer then click on the watermark text.

Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT)

  • Video DOT Tool Kit for Local Public Health is now available!
    Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) is the use of a videophone or other video/computer equipment to observe TB patients taking their medications remotely. The method is promising as a flexible and less invasive option to help ensure TB patients complete their treatment successfully. This toolkit provides background information on VDOT as well as example templates to be adapted for local implementation of VDOT.
  • Infectious Disease Laboratory
    Information about the MDH Lab, including an updated form for submitting sputum samples to the MDH Lab - see Request for Testing and Submission of Isolates.
Updated Friday, 28-Jan-2022 14:43:40 CST