Perry County Health Department
What is TB?
Tuberculosis (TB), is a disease caused by germs that spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body.
TB testing is done by injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) into the skin in the lower part of the arm. A small, pale bump will form at the injection site. A person given a TB test must return within 48 to 72 hours to have a nurse look for a reaction on the arm. TB testing can be performed as a single step or a 2-step test. Two step tests require the fluid to be placed into the skin of the opposite forearm at least 7 days from when the first step TB test is read.
, option 2 to schedule a TB skin test. Most insurances are accepted and self-pay pricing is available.
What If My TB Test is Positive?
A positive TB test for TB infection only tells that a person has been infected with TB germs. It does not tell whether or not the person has progressed to TB disease. Other tests, such as a chest x-ray are needed to see whether the person has TB disease.
Patients with positive TB results will be referred to Rambo Memorial Health Centers TB & Respiratory Clinic in Zanesville for further testing.
How is TB Disease Treated?
TB disease can be treated by taking several drugs for 6 to 12 months. It is very important that people who have TB finish the medicine and take the drugs as prescribed. In some situations, staff of the health department may meet regularly with patients who have TB to watch them take their medication. This is called directly observed therapy and helps to ensure the patient completes treatment in the least amount of time.