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Tuberculosis is caused by TB bacteria, which can reproduce and spread in your body, damaging tissue. The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but most often affects the lungs.

People with active tuberculosis disease usually feel sick and have weakness, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. People with tuberculosis of the lungs usually also have a cough and chest pain, and may cough up blood. They can spread the bacteria to other people; however, it usually takes many hours in close contact with someone with tuberculosis disease to become infected.

People with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) have dormant tuberculosis bacteria in their body. They do not feel sick and cannot spread the infection to others. People with LTBI need to receive treatment to prevent the disease from becoming active.

Testing Available at Government Center

Tuberculosis testing is available at the Carver County Public Health Department; Review Public Health's clinic services and schedule. Please call (952) 361-1329 to schedule an appointment. The tuberculosis skin test currently costs $15.00.

Tuberculosis Medication Program

As of July 15, 2019, there are new eligibility requirements for accessing LTBI medications through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) due to budget constraints. See TB Medications Program Eligibility for more information. 

  • Private providers can complete and submit the request form to MDH.
  • Provider must submit patient insurance information with all prescriptions.
  • If patient is uninsured, patient must be referred to health insurance navigation assistance and insurance information submitted within the first month of treatment start.
  • If a patient is not legally eligible to receive insurance in Minnesota, document uninsurability on medications request form.
  • MDH reserves the right to decline program participation and refer the provider to use regular pharmacy channels.
  • If your patient does not meet eligibility requirements and/or program is declined or patient has difficulty with cost of medication:
    • Please continue the prescription process through your patient's regular pharmacy of choice.
    • Please refer to Carver County Public Health. Options may be available for treatment assistance. 
  • Treatment regimens using medications supplied by MDH must follow the Clinical Practice Guidelines: Treatment of Drug-Susceptible Tuberculosis, CID for treatment of LTBI or active TB disease.
  • Vitamin B6 will only be provided if medically indicated.