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Canadian Tuberculosis Standards, 7th Edition 2013

Canadian Tuberculosis Standards, 7th Edition 2013

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This 7th edition of the Canadian Tuberculosis Standards (the Standards) has been extensively revised to incorporate new information, building upon the six previous versions of the Standards. Each chapter is written by authors from across Canada with expertise in the specific areas. The Standards is jointly funded, edited and produced by the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) of the Canadian Lung Association (CLA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

 The Standards are available for download by chapter and as a complete publication (see below). 

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The Canadian Lung Association will also have copies available for distribution through its provincial member associations. 

The Canadian Respiratory Journal has also published an online supplement of the Canadian TB Standards which is downloadable as a single document in PDF form.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1, Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in Canada
Chapter 2, Transmission and Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis
Chapter 3, Diagnosis of active tuberculosis and drug resistance
Chapter 4, Diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection
Chapter 5, Treatment of Tuberculosis Disease
Chapter 6, Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis infection
Chapter 7, Non-respiratory Tuberculosis
Chapter 8, Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Chapter 9, Pediatric Tuberculosis
Chapter 10, Tuberculosis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Chapter 11, Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Chapter 12, Contact Follow-Up and Outbreak Management in Tuberculosis Control
Chapter 13, Tuberculosis surveillance and screening in high-risk populations
Chapter 14, Tuberculosis prevention and care in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
Chapter 15, Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis Transmission in Healthcare and Other Settings
Chapter 16, Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) Vaccination in Canada
Appendix A, GLOSSARY


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