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"Striving for a Healthier Community"

Tuberculosis

What is Tuberculosis?

  • Tuberculosis is an airborne communicable disease caused by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.
  • Most people diagnosed with TB have it in the lungs but it can be found in other places in the body --- the spine, kidneys, etc.
  • TB is spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing droplet nuclei into the air.
  • Close contacts are at highest risk of becoming infected.
  • Persons with TB infection ( a positive PPD) but no disease are not infectious. They have a negative chest x-ray and no signs of disease. A doctor will evaluate them for TB preventive therapy.

TB Skin Test; Who Needs It?

A TB skin test shows if there are TB germs in the body. Certain people should be tested. These include people who:

  • are HIV infected
  • work/live in a health care setting
  • work/live in a correctional institution
  • use IV drugs
  • have been in close contact with someone suspected of having TB
  • moved to the US from a country with a high incidence of TB
  • have symptoms of TB

Symptoms of TB

Productive cough which does not improve after 3 weeks /  Blood in sputum / Weight loss / Appetite loss / Night sweats / Fever / Chest pain / Shortness of breath

  • Skin test are offered daily by appointment.
  • Investigation of contacts includes skin tests.
  • Chest x-rays are done when skin test are positive.
  • Chest clinician reviews chest x-rays and evaluates for therapy.
  • TB suspects/cases are followed regularly
  • TB medicines are provided free for patients with TB disease and Preventive therapy.
  • TB nurses provide Directly Observed Therapy for patients suspected of having disease or diagnosed with disease.

For More information on TB or to make an appointment for a skin test, call 296-2130.

For additional information on Tuberculosis please visit: The American Lung Association Web Site

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Phone Number:
(910) 296-2130
Address:
340 Seminary Street, Kenansville, NC 28349
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.