Tuberculosis is a communicable disease caused by bacteria. It is spread from person to person by respiratory droplets. Our professional nurses work to treat clients with tuberculosis in order to prevent the disease from spreading. We also provide contact investigations and follow-up with people who may have been exposed to someone with TB.
Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. Some people have latent TB infection, which means the bacteria are living in their body, but they aren't sick. They cannot spread TB to other people. However, if the TB bacteria become active and start to multiply, the person will become sick with TB disease.
People with TB disease can spread the bacteria to people they spend time with every day. TB is spread when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. TB is NOT spread by kissing, shaking hands, sharing toothbrushes, sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or touching toilet seats.
Our professional nurses offer tuberculosis skin testing on a walk-in basis for a $10.00 fee. Testing is normally available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The schedule may change, so please call before you come in.
Our nurse case managers provide one-on-one attention to clients with latent tuberculosis infection or tuberculosis disease. Clients meet with a nurse case manager on a routine basis during the treatment period. The nurse assess the client's physical response to the medication and ensures the medication is taken properly.
The treatment period may vary depending upon the client's individual needs and response to treatment. Clients with a primary healthcare provider or specialist may have their care coordinated through the nurse case manager and their personal health care provider.
Helping to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in our community — caring for your family, caring for our community, caring for YOU!