|Apache County Public Health District – Clinical Services Division
Cleta Keller RN, BSN – Division Manager
“Healthy People – Healthy Environment”
|| Tuberculosis Program
Valerie Simpson Program Director
(928) 333-2415 * 6524
|There are two kinds of tests that are used to detect TB bacteria in the body: the TB skin test and TB blood tests. These tests can be given by a health care provider or local health department. If you have a positive reaction to either of the tests, you will be given other tests to see if you have latent TB infection or TB disease (CDC, 2012).
Apache County offers PPD skin testing for tuberculosis on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Springerville Clinic. A return visit is required to have the skin test read in 48-72 hours. There is a $10.00 fee for the PPD test. Please call 928-333-2415, should you have any questions about TB or the PPD skin test.
|Tuberculosis (TB) is 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 is 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, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
TB is NOT spread by
- shaking someone’s hand
- sharing food or drink
- touching bed linens or toilet seats
- sharing toothbrushes
|Symptoms of TB disease include:
- a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
- pain in the chest
- coughing up blood or sputum
- weakness or fatigue
- weight loss
- no appetite
- sweating at night