TB bacteria are spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
TB is NOT spread by
shaking someone's hand
When a person breathes in TB bacteria, the bacteria can settle in the lungs and begin to grow. From there, they can move through the blood to other parts of the body, such as the kidney, spine, and brain.
TB disease in the lungs or throat can be infectious. This means that the bacteria can be spread to other people. TB in other parts of the body, such as the kidney or spine, is usually not infectious.
People with TB disease are most likely to spread it to people they spend time with every day. This includes family members, friends, and coworkers or schoolmates.
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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