What is Tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease which
usually affects the lungs but can affect other body parts as well. Long
ago it was called "consumption". It can be spread from one
person to another. Some people just become infected. Some who are
infected will develop the disease.
Signs of Tuberculosis:
The usual signs are:
Often the only sign is a persistent cough.
These signs are often symptoms of other diseases as well, so be sure to see a
Who should be tested?
Persons at high risk of exposure to tuberculosis should
be retested at regular intervals. Persons who have
been in contact with someone who has active Tuberculosis
should be tested as soon as possible. Anyone who might
be or is infected with the AIDS virus should be
For testing and treatment:
Brevard County Health Department provides services
necessary to identify, investigate, and assist in the treatment of Tuberculosis,
Infection and Disease.
TB skin tests are available to anyone at each
Brevard County Health Department clinic location Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. No appointment is necessary.
Trained TB Nursing Staff is available to teach the
Tuberculin Skin Testing Certification Course to Community Agency Medical Staff.
Staff is available for home visits to provide
counseling and teaching to families and individuals when Tuberculosis is a
possibility. Staff is also available to conduct contact investigations for
families of children with positive PPD's upon request from private