Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, laughs or even talks. The health department works to protect the community against the spread of TB. Your health department helps assure that people infected with TB receive treatment for the disease and that people exposed to TB get testing and treatment to prevent them from developing the disease.
The test for TB is very simple and inexpensive and is available at your local health department. A positive test in a person with no sign of TB disease on a chest x-ray often means the person has latent TB. Latent TB means a person has the germ in his/her body but does not have any signs or symptoms of disease. Latent TB can develop into TB disease if not treated. However, latent TB is not contagious, meaning it cannot be spread to other people.
For more information contact your local health department or click on the following links:
- General Administration