Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that typically attack the lungs but can target the kidney, spine, brain or other parts of the body. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal.
A person with TB can spread the bacteria through the air when coughing, sneezing or speaking.
Not everyone infected will develop the disease. In what is called a latent TB infection, the bacteria can live in your body without making you sick. TB develops if your body cannot stop the bacteria from activating and growing.
- A bad cough that lasts at least three weeks
- Pain in the chest
- Coughing up blood or sputum
- Weakness or fatigue
- Weight loss
- No appetite
- Sweating at night
TB test will determine if you have a latent TB infection or TB disease and treatment can be determined accordingly.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department provides TB education, TB screenings, holds TB clinics where people with TB infection can get chest X-rays and see a physician about treatment. We provide medication to treat TB infection and TB disease and work with TB disease patients to identify close contacts and provide those individuals with preventative therapy.
If you need TB evaluation or treatment or suspect TB infection, contact your healthcare provider or your county health center.