TB Notes

What Is Tuberculosis?
  • Tuberculosis is an airborne communicable disease.
  • Not all TB is contagious.
  • The most common place to have TB is in the lungs, but it can occur in other places (kidneys, spine, etc.).
  • People with TB infection (positive TB skin test) but no disease are not contagious.

Symptoms
  • Productive cough for longer than three weeks not relieved with antibiotics
  • Coughing up blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever/night sweats
  • Unexplained weakness

Health Department Services
  • Treatment of Tuberculosis (infection and disease)
  • Chest x-rays for TB follow-up
  • TB skin test (charges may apply)
  • Investigation of contacts of TB disease
  • Directly Observed Medication Therapy for TB disease and certain people with TB infection
  • TB screening forms (for people with history of positive TB skin test)
  • *Must have appropriate documentation