Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

Basic TB Facts
Questions and Answers about TB
TB Can Be Treated

A person with active TB disease may be infectious to others and must receive treatment for the condition. By law, physicians must report TB cases to the local health department. Both LTBI and TB disease require medical attention. In North Carolina, treatment of both conditions is provided free of charge through local health departments.

North Carolina TB Law

Tuberculosis Testing

North Carolina law also requires that people who live or work in certain settings, such as long-term care, healthcare, or corrections be tested periodically for TB.

Testing is available through Blue Ridge Health by appointment. Please call 828-894-2222 for more information.

TB Testing & Diagnosis