Tuberculosis Control Clinic
What Services Are Available?
Clinical and case management services are provided by the Polk County Health Department TB Control staff. They also consult with and assist other health care providers who offer TB services in settings such as private clinics, managed care organizations, HIV clinics, correctional facilities, and hospitals.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread from person to person through the air. While TB is contagious, someone must be in close, prolonged contact over an extended period of time to become infected. TB usually affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys, and bone.
The priorities of the health department’s TB Control program are:
- Finding and ensuring complete treatment for all cases of TB.
- Finding and evaluating persons who have been in contact with contagious TB patients. This is done to determine whether they have TB infection and need to receive medication.
- Testing high-risk groups for TB infection to identify individuals needing treatment before they get sick.
- Identify settings at high risk for transmission of TB and apply effective infection control measures to reduce risk.
For more information, contact the TB Control Clinic.