The purpose of the TB Clinic is to offer detection, treatment, education and follow-up on Tuberculosis. TB services are available to all who fall within the service criteria without regard to the client’s ability to pay.
Columbus Health Department
2100 Comer Avenue- Second Floor
Columbus, Georgia 31902-2299
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday (Tuberculin skin test not given on Thursdays)
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually affects the lungs, although it can affect any part of the body. TB is transmitted through the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or larynx coughs, sings, sneezes or speaks. Worldwide, TB is the second leading cause of death due to an infectious disease. HIV is number one. The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 8 million new cases to TB disease and more than 2 million deaths due to TB each year.
For the year 2017, Georgia had 293 reported cases of TB which is a case rate of 2.8 % per 100,000 population (national case rate is 2.8% per 100,000 population). Currently, Georgia is ranked 6th in number of cases and 9th in case rate per 100,000 population among the 50 states in the United States. One-third of the world’s population harbors the germ that causes TB which is called latent TB infection (LTBI). Individuals with LTBI are at an increase risk for developing active TB disease. Individuals with Active TB disease can be treated and cured. Individuals with latent TB infection can be treated to reduce their chances of becoming sick with active TB disease.
A productive cough lasting more than three weeks, fever, chills, night sweats, feeling tired, loss of appetite, weight loss and coughing up blood.
Mantoux tuberculin skin testing (TST) is the standard method of identifying persons infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculin skin test should be administered and read by trained healthcare personnel. TST should be read 48 to 72 hours after administration in millimeters (mm).
For more information about getting a tuberculin skin test, contact your health care provider or your local health department.
For upcoming TB Training information, contact the Columbus Health Department District TB at 706-321-6244 or 706-321-6403.