Tuberculosis

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Tuberculosis, or TB, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but they usually attack the lungs. People who are infected with TB do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot spread TB. If untreated, however, they may develop TB disease and be able to spread it some time in the future. People with TB disease can be treated and cured if they seek medical help. Even better, people who have TB infection but are not yet sick can take medicine so that they will never develop TB disease.

The Oak Creek Health Department oversees, manages, and facilitates the various activities and interventions necessary to assure identification and proper treatment of individuals with tuberculosis to eliminate its subsequent spread to others with in the City of Oak Creek.

Persons with tuberculosis infection suspect or confirmed tuberculosis disease, or household contact with infectious tuberculosis living in Oak Creek may receive anti-tuberculosis medication free of charge through the health department. The health department provides Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for all active tuberculosis case, children, and certain latent infection therapies. A physician may request medication by completing the appropriate form and submitting it to the health department.