TB Screening

Q: How does Syracuse University decide who should be tested for Tuberculosis (TB)?
A: Syracuse University Health Services utilizes the TB screening criteria recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If you have any questions about the TB screening or testing program, please call 315.443.9005.

Q: What is TB?
A: TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease.

Q: Who has to have TB screening/testing?
A: All new and enrolling students are required to complete TB screening. Each student must complete a screening tool through the Patient Portal, which assesses their risk for tuberculosis. Persons who are at higher risk for TB infection have:

* Had a prior positive TB test.
* Lived with or been in close contact to a person known or suspected of being sick with TB.
* Lived, worked, or volunteered in any homeless shelter, prison/jail or health care facility.
* A chronic medical condition such as diabetes, renal failure, HIV infection, leukemia, lymphoma,  organ transplant or other serious condition as determined by your healthcare provider.
* Been born in, or lived in, worked in, or traveled to a high-risk country for longer than one month.

If a student meets any of these criteria, they are required to have further TB testing. Proof of TB testing must be provided to Health Services prior to the start of classes. Only testing performed in the United States will be accepted. International students are required to have a medical clearance at Syracuse University Health Services upon arriving to campus and the testing will be done at that appointment. Tuberculosis screening and testing is done for the health and wellbeing of our students and campus community.

Q: What happens if I do not complete the TB screening or testing if required?
A: If you do not complete the required TB questionnaire or recommended TB testing, a registration hold will be placed on your account which will prevent you from registering classes.