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.
- 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