What is Tuberculosis (TB)?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs; however, TB can attack other areas of the body.
Latent TB vs. TB Disease (Active TB)
A person with latent TB infection has become infected with TB, but their immune system is able to stop the bacteria from growing. People with Latent TB usually have a positive skin test or blood test but have no symptoms and cannot spread TB to others. People with latent TB infection may develop the TB disease (Active TB) if they do not receive treatment for the latent TB infection.
A person with Active TB has become infected with TB, and their immune system is unable to stop the bacteria from growing. People with Active TB will usually have a positive skin or blood test and display symptoms and can spread TB to others. Symptoms of TB depend on where in the body the TB bacteria is growing. TB bacteria usually grow in the lungs and may cause extreme coughing for weeks, chest pain, and coughing up blood.
Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
TB Skin Testing is conducted by Public Health Nurses and is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Individuals are required to return to the health center within 48-72 hours after receiving the skin test to have the test read. Fees do apply for skin testing. Follow up is conducted on all reactive skin tests including latent and active TB. Individuals who test positive for TB may receive assistance with anti-tuberculosis medications.
Hours for TB Skin Testing - Call For An Appointment - Call 573-335-7846
Mondays: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesdays: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesdays: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fridays: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
* Second Monday of every month WIC and Immunizations are open from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
For more information about Tuberculosis visit: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/