Commonly known as TB – is a serious disease that usually affects the lungs but can attack any part if the body, including the kidneys, spine, and brain. TB is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. When a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes, tiny particles containing M. tuberculosis may be expelled into the air. If another person inhales air that contains these particles, the TB bacteria may enter the lungs causing infection.
Signs & symptoms of TB
- cough for more than 3 weeks
- fever, night sweats
- unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite
- Fatigue, chest pain
- blood in the sputum
A global perspective on Tuberculosis– TB is one of the world’s deadliest diseases:
- One third of the world’s population are infected with TB
- Each year, nearly 9 million people around the world become sick with TB
- Each year, there are almost 2 million TB-related deaths worldwide.
- TB is the leading killer of people who are HIV infected.
Role of the GCHD
- Responsible for the prevention, treatment and control of TB in Grant County.
- Diagnosis and treatment if individuals who either have or are suspected of having TB
- Screening of foreign-born refugees immigrating to Grant County
- Consultation to health care providers in the community
- Case management for people diagnosed with TB
- Investigations to ensure that people who have been exposed to TB are offered screening if needed.
- Education about TB for clients, family members and groups
TB Skin Testing- GCHD provides TB (tuberculin) skin testing :
- To those persons with increased risk for developing active tuberculosis Click here for more information.
- To anyone who has had contact with a person with active TB
- Other locally identified high-risk groups as per GCHD definitions (this may occur sporadically during contact investigations or outbreaks)
To contact us call (509)-766-7960– Weekly TB Clinic is held on Tuesday from 9-11 am and 1-4 pm. Appointments are not necessary. Assure that GCHD has been notified in all cases of exposure to active TB in healthcare setting.