Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
The bacteria usually attack the lungs. But, TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidneys, spine and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.
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 or sneezes. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
The Harvey County Health Department:
- Provides TB skin tests
- Identifies person with tuberculosis infection or disease
- Provides eduation, support, medications and monitoring of patients
- Notifies and assists person exposed to active TB cases.
For more information about TB, please call the Harvey County Health Department at 316-283-1637 or you can visit any of the following links.
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