Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These bacteria usually attack the lungs but can attack any part of the body. Most tuberculosis disease is in the lungs and spreads through the air from one person to another. The bacteria are put in the air when a person with TB disease coughs, sneezes and speaks. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
However, not everyone who breathe in these bacteria become sick. Most people have what is called latent tuberculosis infection. They are not sick and cannot give these germs to anyone. A small percentage of those with latent tuberculosis infection may go on to develop tuberculosis disease. Most people with latent tuberculosis infection can take medicine so they won't develop tuberculosis disease.
TB skin tests (PPD) are available at Ontario County Public Health for $15.00; cash, check or charge. We are located at 3019 County Complex Dr. Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424. Our hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. We are closed on holidays. Call (585) 396-4343 to schedule your test or to speak with a nurse.