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Tuberculosis (TB)TB 

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial disease that most often affects the lungs. This is called pulmonary TB and can spread from person to person. However, TB can affect other parts of the body such as lymph nodes, kidneys, bone and joints. This is called extra-pulmonary (outside the lungs) disease.


Latent TB infection

When a person has latent TB infection they have TB bacteria in their body but are not sick with TB disease. They are not infectious and cannot spread TB bacteria to others. However, if the TB bacterium become active in the body and multiplies, the person will go from having latent TB infection to being sick with TB disease. A person with latent TB infection can take antibiotics to kill the TB germs before they develop TB disease. CCHD offers Chest Clinic for treating TB infection and TB disease.


TB Disease

When the TB germ becomes active in a person’s body they develop TB disease. People with TB disease are sick and they are able to spread the bacteria to people they spend time with. People with TB disease must be treated – often for 6-9 months- with antibiotics to kill the disease. They also must isolate themselves to prevent spreading the disease until their antibiotics have taken affect.


Symptoms of TB disease include:

• a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
• pain in the chest
• coughing up blood or sputum
• weakness or fatigue
• weight loss, poor appetite
• chills, fever
• sweating at night


Testing for TB infection and Disease

There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. If you have a positive reaction to either of the tests, and don’t have symptoms of TB disease you have latent TB infection. If you have a positive reaction and have TB symptoms you may have TB disease.

The Clinton County Health Department offers weekly clinics for TB testing. Testing for TB infection is often a requirement of college or employment. Individuals should also be tested if they have spent time in an area where TB disease is common. If your doctor does not offer testing, call 518-565-4848 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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CDC Info

TB Testing

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TB & HIV 


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Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848  

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Tuberculosis (TB)TB 

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial disease that most often affects the lungs. This is called pulmonary TB and can spread from person to person. However, TB can affect other parts of the body such as lymph nodes, kidneys, bone and joints. This is called extra-pulmonary (outside the lungs) disease.


Latent TB infection

When a person has latent TB infection they have TB bacteria in their body but are not sick with TB disease. They are not infectious and cannot spread TB bacteria to others. However, if the TB bacterium become active in the body and multiplies, the person will go from having latent TB infection to being sick with TB disease. A person with latent TB infection can take antibiotics to kill the TB germs before they develop TB disease. CCHD offers Chest Clinic for treating TB infection and TB disease.


TB Disease

When the TB germ becomes active in a person’s body they develop TB disease. People with TB disease are sick and they are able to spread the bacteria to people they spend time with. People with TB disease must be treated – often for 6-9 months- with antibiotics to kill the disease. They also must isolate themselves to prevent spreading the disease until their antibiotics have taken affect.


Symptoms of TB disease include:

• a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
• pain in the chest
• coughing up blood or sputum
• weakness or fatigue
• weight loss, poor appetite
• chills, fever
• sweating at night


Testing for TB infection and Disease

There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (TST) and TB blood tests. If you have a positive reaction to either of the tests, and don’t have symptoms of TB disease you have latent TB infection. If you have a positive reaction and have TB symptoms you may have TB disease.

The Clinton County Health Department offers weekly clinics for TB testing. Testing for TB infection is often a requirement of college or employment. Individuals should also be tested if they have spent time in an area where TB disease is common. If your doctor does not offer testing, call 518-565-4848 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

CDC Info

TB Testing

Latent TB

TB & HIV 


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848  

ATUPA