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International Student TB Information

It is the policy of Campus Health that all incoming international students be screened for Tuberculosis (TB) within the United States according to standard guidelines.

Students from countries with an increased incidence of TB or who have spent greater than one month in a country with an increased incidence of TB must provide documentation of TB screening.  Acceptable TB screening tests include the Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or a TB blood test (e.g. QFT-G or T-spot).  The TST or TB blood test must have been done within the 12 months prior to the first day of classes. Documentation of the TST is acceptable only from a United States facility.  If the TST skin test result is equal to or greater than 5mm or the TB blood test is positive or indeterminate, you will be required to schedule a TB evaluation with a Campus Health provider before your immunization status can be cleared.  

Students from the following countries listed below need to complete TB screening as these countries have a high incidence of TB.  If you have spent a cumulative time of one month or greater in the following countries, you also need TB screening.

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Anguilla
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
China
Hong Kong
China
Macao
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Cote d’Ivoire
DPR of Korea
DR of Congo
Djibouti
Dominical Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Fiji
French Polynesia
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Greenland
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lao PDR
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mexico
Micronesia
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Northern Mariana Islands
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland (AKA Eswatini)
Syrian Arab Republic
Taiwan
Tajikistan Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Republic of Tanzania
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Based on the World Health Organization Global Health Observatory, Tuberculosis Incidence 2018. Countries with incidence rates of ≥ 20 cases per 100,000 population. For future updates, refer to https://www.who.int/tb/country/data/download/en/   

If you have a history of a positive TB skin test or TB blood test (that was done in the United States), you must make an appointment to see a Campus Health medical provider for clearance.  Please bring past documents to that appointment.

If you cannot provide the results of a TB screening test, do not have a current TB screening test (within the 12 months), or if your current test was not done in a United States facility, please call our appointment line to get the test done at Campus Health.  This must be completed within the first 30 days of class.

If you have any questions, please call 919-966-2283 or email immunizations@unc.edu and the Immunization Coordinator will assist you.

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