Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious lung disease caused by bacteria. People get the disease by breathing in the bacteria that cause it. It is spread from person to person through sneezing and coughing.
The disease used to be very common but now it is curable and not as common. It can still lead to serious medical conditions and even death if not treated.
Tuberculosis Skin Test
The TBDHU does not provide TB skin testing for employment purposes or entrance into school. Please contact your family doctor or primary care provider for the test. Some schools or employers may provide testing free of charge.
The Infectious Disease Program provides free TB testing to those who have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for TB. This is a simple skin test that injects a small amount of test liquid under your skin. It is very important that 48-72 hours following your skin test you return to the health unit to have your test interpreted.
There is no risk of getting TB from taking the test.
For Further Information
Call the Infectious Disease Program: (807) 625-5900
or toll-free 1-888-294-6630