"Striving for a Healthier Community"
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
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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