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Tuberculosis
   Number of Cases Case Rate Per 100K Person 
2020  11   1.75

What is Tuberculosis (TB)?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, laughs or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

If you have a weakened immune system, sometimes the TB bacteria will spread and can attack the lungs or other parts of the body such as the kidneys, brain or spine. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal but TB is curable and preventable.

However, not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick.  This is called TB infection (also called Latent Tuberculosis Infection or LTBI). People with TB infection do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms and cannot spread TB to others. 

What are the symptoms of TB disease?
General symptoms may include fever, chills, night sweats, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss. Symptoms of TB of the lungs may include a bad cough that lasts longer than three weeks, chest pain and/or coughing up blood. Other symptoms depend on the particular part of the body that is affected.

How do I know if I have TB infection?
There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test (Tuberculin Skin Test also known as a TST) and TB blood tests. The TB blood test is now the recommended test.

Where can I get tested?

The TB tests can be administered or ordered by your Primary Care Physician. (PCP). The Health Department offers Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST) by appointment only and for a fee at our Immunization clinics. Doylestown office call 215-345-3344. Levittown office call 267-580-3510.

Links

http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/TB_Factsheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/tbtesttypes.htm

CDC website about TB -  https://www.cdc.gov/tb/

TB Fact sheets -  https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general.htm

Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) resources - https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/ltbi/ltbiresources.htm

TB Espanol - https://www.cdc.gov/tb/esp/publications/default.htm

 


Bucks County Health Department
Administrative Office

Neshaminy Manor Center, Building K
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Main HD Line: 215-345-3318
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Central Bucks District Office
Neshaminy Manor Center, Building K
1282 Almshouse Road, 1st Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Environmental: 215-345-3336
Personal Health: 215-345-3344
Department Fax: 215-340-8456
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
   
Lower Bucks District Office
Bucks County Government Services Center - Lower Bucks
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Phone: 267-580-3510
Fax: 215-949-5819
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Upper Bucks District Office
Bucks County Government Services Center - Upper Bucks
261 California Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Phone: 215-529-7000
Fax: 215-529-7032
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm