Tuberculosis, which usually affect the lung, is preventable and curable, but many people still suffer from it. Some even die.
TB germs are in someone’s body but aren’t making them sick, and they can’t make others sick.
With proper treatment, 9 out of 10 people who have TB infection will avoid getting TB disease.
Tb germs become active and multiply making the person sick and able to pass the disease on to others. TB is curable.
*Tuberculosis Infection in the United Sates: Prevalence Estimates from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012
Am I AT RISK?
You are at greater risk of having TB infection if you:
- Lived in or come from parts of the world that have higher rates of TB disease.
- Are around people who have TB disease.
- Take medications that may reduce your risk to fight infection.
- Have conditions that weaken your immune system. These include diabetes, cancer, HIV or AIDS, and renal failure.
- Testing and treatment for individuals with latent or active (contagious) TB.
- Assists local healthcare providers with the diagnosis and treatment of latent (non-contagious) TB patients.
- In cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s TB program, provide testing, daily treatment, contact investigation, and case management of patients with active TB.
- At-risk population testing to reduce the burden of TB in Pueblo County.
To schedule a Tuberculin Skin Test or blood test (Quantiferon Gold) appointment please call 719-583-4380
For more information about Tuberculosis Services please call 719-583-4362