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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.

Free Tuberculosis Medication Program

The Minnesota Department of Health provides free medications to people with tuberculosis disease and LTBI. Talk with your healthcare provider, or call Carver County Public Health at (952) 361-1329 for more information.