Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacteria, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. It most commonly affects the lungs, but it can affect the brain, spinal cord, or joints. TB in the lungs (also called Pulmonary Tuberculosis) can be spread from one person to another through the air. It is important for anyone with TB in the lungs to stay home from work or school until they are no longer infectious. Symptoms of TB include:
Bad cough that lasts longer than two weeks
Pain in the chest
Coughing up blood or sputum
Weakness or fatigue
Chills, fever, or night sweats
The most common test for TB is a skin test. If a person has a positive TB skin test, a healthcare provider will do additional tests to determine if they have active TB disease. Many people are infected with TB bacteria for many years before developing Active TB Disease. This is called Latent TB Infection. Both Active and Latent TB can be treated with antibiotics.
Direct observed therapy
Contact investigations for individuals with Active TB
TB skin tests (commonly called a Mantoux)
No charge for individuals who are part of a TB contact investigation
Tests applied Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
with return in 48-72 hours to have the test read
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
No appointments necessary
For more information, contact Health Services at (715) 395-1304.