Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. TB can be fatal if not treated properly. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States, and continues to be a public health concern today.
Testing for TB Infection
There are two kinds of tests that are used to determine if a person has been infected with TB bacteria: a tuberculin skin test and TB blood tests. Bayfield County Health Department offers TB skin testing. Please contact the Bayfield County Health Department for more information on TB testing at 715-373-6109.