Tuberculosis

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium that usually attacks the lungs.
  • TB is spread through the air from one person to another.
  • The bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat:
    • Coughs
    • Sneezes
    • Speaks or
    • Sings

However, not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. People who are infected but not sick have what is called latent TB infection. People who have latent TB infection do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot spread TB to others. However, some people with latent TB infection go on to develop TB disease. Click Here to read more about the 'Difference between Latent and Active TB.'

There is Good News!

There is good news. People with active TB disease can be treated if they seek medical help. Even better, most people with latent TB infection can take medicine so that they will not develop active TB disease. For more information on tuberculosis, visit the CDC's website.

 

What does LCPH Offer for TB Services?

  • Provide directly observed therapy (DOT) to persons diagnosed with active tuberculosis disease to treat their disease, and limit the transmission of the disease to others.
  • Conduct TB contact investgations, for people who have had important close contact with a person who has confirmed active pulmonary TB disease.
  • Work with hospital and community medical providers to confirm or rule out active and contagious TB disease.
  • Provide preventive medicine for people who have latent TB disease to help reduce their future risk of progressing to active TB disease.

 

Information for Providers

Providers who suspect active TB should call 541-265-4112 to report and consult with Lincoln County Communicable Disease . Providers who are looking for a how-to on how to treat latent TB can consult this excellent resource on Latent Tuberculosis Infection on the CDC's website.

 

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