The Tuberculosis (TB Control program is dedicated to the prevention, control and elimination of TB disease/infection in Davis County. This is accomplished through early identification, isolation, testing, and appropriate treatment of infected individuals.
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attacks the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body, such as the kidney, spine, lymph nodes, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.
Tuberculosis can be manifest in two ways: active disease or latent infection.
Latent TB Infection (LTBI): Condition in which inactive TB bacteria are present in an individual, without causing disease. Infected individuals usually have a positive skin test, do no have symptoms, and are not contagious. Approximately 5-10% of infected persons who do not receive treatment for LTBI will go on to develop active disease at some time in their lives.