Tuberculosis (TB) is 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.
Services provided by the Tuberculosis Clinic at the Wichita Falls – Wichita County Public Health District include: tuberculin skin test screening, medical evaluation, medications, laboratory services, chest x-rays, and case-finding projects. These services are open to anyone. Minimal administrative fees are required for the service, but no one will be turned away for the inability to pay.