Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable, potentially deadly disease that usually affects the lungs but can attack other parts of the body as well; it is spread when a person with an active case of TB breathes out the disease-causing bacteria, which are then inhaled by another person.
TB is treatable and usually curable, although new drug-resistant strains are appearing that are more difficult to treat. It is vital that TB patients faithfully follow their treatment regimen and take all medications as directed, for as long as directed, or the disease can recur in a drug-resistant form. Public Health Staff work with community health care providers in identifying, investigating, and providing case management activities for persons infected with Tuberculosis.
Contact: Tuberculosis Division (661) 868-0418
Any questions about TB including how/where to get tested, call 661-321-3000.
Curry International Tuberculosis Center http://www.currytbcenter.ucsf.edu/