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Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease 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 disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.

Frequently asked questions related to Tuberculosis



What is a PPD test?

How do I get TB?
How do they do a PPD test?
What if my test is positive?
How often should I get tested for TB?

These questions, and many more can be answered by clicking the links below.

CDC Tuberculosis website

West Virginia Departmet of Health and Human Resources

 

Testing

PPDs are performed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am to 2:45pm at our Lee Street location. You must return 48 to 72 hours after for staff to read your results. Some people may require lab work, if indicated. KCHD staff will be more than happy to help guide you through this process.

TB Clinics

Diagnostic TB (Chest) Clinics are held monthly at our Kanawha City location.  See our calendar for upcoming clinics. Some reasons you may need to come to our TB Clinics can include a positive PPD test, abnormal chest x-ray, previous treatment for latent TB, exposure to a person who has active TB, and treatment for active/latent Tuberculosis.

While you are at our clinic, you can expect to have a chest x-ray, provide a detailed health history to determine possible exposures to TB, and be seen by WV state TB physician who will help you chose your best choice for treatment and follow-up, all free of cost.

3101 MacCorkle Ave. S.E.
Chaleston WV 25304