Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.
TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
TB is NOT spread by:
Persons should get tested for TB by their doctor or local health department if they:
TB tests are conducted at the Kane County Health Department by appointment only.
Please call 630-264-7665 to schedule.
Information & Reporting call 630-208-3801.
Tuberculosis Fact Sheet
Tuberculosis FAQs Spanish
Tuberculosis Screening & Incident Command Presentation
Tuberculosis Information - CDC
Tuberculosis Info - Spanish - CDC
Tuberculosis Fact Sheets - CDC
Tuberculosis Information - IDPH
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