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TB Lab Reporting Requirements
TB Control Section
Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-20
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Did you know that each person in charge of a laboratory which performs cultures for mycobacteria isolated from humans or refers specimens for mycobacterial cultures isolated from humans to other laboratories is required to report all specimens positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, within 24 hours? Please check the following section for further details on what information must be reported, how to report and list of numbers in your area for reporting.
The Who, What, and Where
Who Must Report?
Each person who is in charge of a laboratory which performs cultures for mycobacteria isolated from humans or which refers specimens for mycobacterial cultures isolated from humans to laboratories (other than those operated by the Florida Department of Health), shall report or cause to be reported all specimens positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, by telephone or writing within 24 hours from the date of the test result.
What Must Be Reported?
The following information must be reported:
- Patient demographic information, including name, address, date of birth, sex, and race
- Name and address of submitting physician
- Name and address of laboratory performing test
- Specimen information, including type of specimen, date of specimen collection, and test(s) performed and result(s)
How Do I Report?
Reports must be submitted to the County Health Department in the county in which:
- The patient lives, or
- Your laboratory is located.
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