Tubercuolsis (TB) Program
What is Tuberculosis (TB)?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by germs that are spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, or the spine. A person with TB can die if they do not get treatment. TB was once the leading cause of death in the United States.
What are the Symptoms of TB?
The general symptoms of TB disease include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. The symptoms of TB disease of the lungs also include coughing, chest pain, and the coughing up of blood. Symptoms of TB disease in other parts of the body depend on the area affected.
However, not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. People who are 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. But, some people with latent TB infection go onto get TB disease.
People with active TB disease can be treated and cured if they seek medical help. Even better, people with latent TB infection can take medicine so that they will not develop active TB disease.
How is TB Spread?
TB germs are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. These germs can stay in the air for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air containing these TB germs can become infected; this is called latent TB infection.
Eastern Idaho Public Health's TB Program
The Tuberculosis program at Eastern Idaho Public Health can help people who have either TB infection or disease. For more information about what this program can offer you or your patient, please call the number below and ask to speak with someone about the TB program:
Infectious Disease Program
Eastern Idaho Public Health
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
For More Information
For more information about tuberculosis, visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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