Tuberculosis, or "TB" as it is more commonly known, is a contagious infection that primarily affects the lungs, and is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
TB is normally spread through the air in mositure (aerosol) droplets, such as when a person sneezes, or coughs. Typically, TB attacks the lungs and is most characterized by a prolonged cough, lasting three weeks or more. Other symptons can include chest pain, coughing up blood, or even fever, chills and night sweats. TB is NOT spread through shaking hands, touching toilet seats or sharing items such as a toothbrush.
Click here, to visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website and learn more about Tuberculosis.
For those that have additional concerns about TB or are wanting a TB skin test, you may contact your local physician, or call Josephine County Public Health at 474-5325. TB skin tests are available here Monday's and Tuesday's only from 9am -3:30pm (closed lunch 12-12:30) Josephine County Public Health is located at 715 NW Dimmick Street in Grants Pass.
To learn more about what to do if you have been exposed to TB, click on the PDF file below.
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