Fighting Against Tuberculosis: DuPage County Health Department Raises Awareness on World TB Day

News Flash: DuPage County Health Department Celebrates World Day

The DuPage County Health Department is marking World TB Day on March 24 to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment methods for tuberculosis. In 2023, there were reported 41 active TB cases among DuPage County residents, with numbers varying in previous years. The DCHD plays a crucial role in preventing and controlling communicable diseases such as TB by working closely with healthcare providers and patients.

Tuberculosis is a contagious disease that spreads through the air when an individual with active TB coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. Those infected with TB are most likely to infect people they regularly interact with, such as family members or coworkers. However, TB can be prevented through timely diagnosis and treatment of both active TB disease and latent TB infection.

Individuals with latent TB infection do not transmit the disease to others but are at risk of developing active TB if left untreated. Those with weakened immune systems, particularly individuals with HIV, face a higher risk of developing active TB disease. Treating latent TB infection can prevent the development of active TB disease.

The DCHD’s TB Clinic provides services to DuPage County residents, including testing, diagnosis, and treatment for both active and latent TB infections and diseases. Appointments are required for all services, and walk-ins are not accepted. To schedule an appointment, individuals can call (630) 682-7400. For more information on how to prevent the spread of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases visit the DCHD website at https://www.dupagehealth

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