Tuberculosis (TB) Screening

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a common, infectious disease caused by various strains of bacteria.

Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. It is spread through the air when people who have an active TB infection cough, sneeze, or otherwise transmit respiratory fluids through the air.

Most infections do not have symptoms, so regular testing is essential to stop the disease progressing.

The classic symptoms of active TB infection are a chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Infection of other organs causes a wide range of symptoms.

Diagnosis of active TB relies on chest X-rays, as well as microscopic examination of body fluids.

Treatment is difficult and requires administration of multiple antibiotics over a long period of time. Family and close contacts are also screened and treated if necessary.

Prevention relies on screening programs and vaccination with the TB vaccine.

Please download the brochure below and contact the Health Centre for more information.

 

For more information:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/diseases-maladies/tuberculos/index-en...

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/pubs/diseases-maladies/_tuberculos/tu...