West Virginia Code of State Rules
Title 64 - Health
64-76 - Tuberculosis Testing, Control, Treatment and Commitment
§64-76-7 - Active Disease and Latent TB Infection Reporting.
§64-76-7. Active Disease and Latent TB Infection Reporting.
7.1. Every health care provider, public health officer and every chief medical officer having charge of any hospital, clinic or other similar public or private institution in the State, shall immediately telephone the local health department and report the name, age, sex, race, home address and type of disease of any person with a diagnosis of, or who is suspected of having, tuberculosis. Reporting forms for persons with latent tuberculosis infection and for persons with active tuberculosis disease are available from the Bureau's tuberculosis control program at: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, WVDHHR/BPH/OEPS, 350 Capitol Street, Room 125, Charleston, WV 25301 or online at: http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/oeps/tuberculosis/Pages/default.aspx
7.2. The health care provider reporting under subsection 7.1. of this section shall also submit a written report on forms made available by the Bureau to the local health department in the patient's county of residence within twenty four (24) hours of a diagnosis of tuberculosis or upon suspicion that a person has tuberculosis.
7.3. The health care provider shall submit updates of patient's progress or lack of progress, including, but not limited to, the latest bacteriology results of cultures, any development of drug resistance, the most recent chest x-ray results, clinical symptoms and treatment to the local health department.
7.4. The health care provider shall report any screening of contacts, with the names and addresses and results of the screening tests of the contacts, to the local health department. Also, the health care provider shall report to the local health department the names of contacts of cases that did not return for follow up for necessary interventions.
7.4.a. The local health officer in the patient's county of residence shall meet with the contact to determine why the contact has not returned for follow up.
7.4. b. The local health officer may request an opportunity to perform a medical evaluation on the contact.
7.5. The local health department shall report all information received under this section to the Bureau.