This information sheet provides general information about TB is, how someone can be exposed and how to test for TB. It explains that TB is spread through the air after someone with TB disease sneezes, coughs, speaks, laughs, or sings. Latent TB infection is when TB germs live in the body without making the individual sick. If the germs become active, they cause TB disease. The two tests used to help detect TB are the skin test and a special TB blood test. Other tests include chest X-ray and sputum test.
This slide set provides surveillance data on the incidence of TB in the United States in 2012. The slides report various statistics, including reported TB cases from 1982 through 2012, TB morbidity 2007-2012, and TB case rates 2012, primary anti-TB drug resistance, primary MDR TB, HIV test results in persons with TB, HIV coinfection in persons reported with TB, completion of TB therapy, etc. These statistics are reported by age, sex, race/ethnicity, in U.S.-born vs. foreign-born persons.
This pamphlet provides information for persons diagnosed with TB about talking with a healthcare provider during a contact investigation. It also provides guidance about what an individual should do if named as a contact.