2020 Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT) Instruction Manual
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2020 Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT) Instruction Manual

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    Tuberculosis (TB) is a nationally notifiable disease, and reporting is mandated in all states. In 1953, a national surveillance system was established to collect information on new cases of active TB disease. Since 1985, all states have been reporting TB cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using the Report of Verified Case of Tuberculosis (RVCT), for national TB surveillance. Data are collected by state and local TB programs and submitted electronically to CDC, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE). These data are used to monitor national TB trends, identify priority needs, and create the DTBE annual surveillance report, Reported Tuberculosis in the United States.

    To control and eventually eliminate TB, state and local TB control programs must be able to monitor trends in TB disease in high-risk populations, as well as identify new patterns of disease and possible outbreaks. The last major revision of the RVCT was completed in 2009. Since 2016, members of a DTBE-sponsored workgroup consisting of nearly 30 public health professionals from 15 TB control programs, DTBE, and the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) have been working to revise the RVCT. Modifications to the RVCT data collection now accommodate the changing epidemiology of TB in terms of risk factors, new drug treatments, and enhanced laboratory capacity for diagnostic tests.


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