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. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States. The Putnam County Health Department investigates, treats, and manages cases of both latent TB infection (LTBI) and active TB disease. Anyone who thinks he or she might have been exposed to tuberculosis can request a skin test. If the result is positive, our clinic offers testing, education, and any necessary treatment or case investigation to prevent others from being infected.
PPD Tests are performed by appointment only. You must return 48 to 72 hours after for staff to read your results. Some people may require lab work if indicated. PCHD staff will be more than happy to help guide you through this process. Please call (304) 757-2541.