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Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
by appointment only.
Clients who arrive for scheduled appointments more than 15 minutes
late may be asked to re-schedule

Location:

TB Clinic (Clinic 5)
414 East Main Street
Durham NC 27701

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919-560-7633

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Tuberculosis

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What is Tuberculosis?

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 kidneys, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are expelled into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or speaks. People nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: 

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Location 

TB Clinic ( Clinic 5 ) 
414 East Main Street.
Durham NC 27701 

Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
by appointment only.
Clients who arrive for scheduled
appointments more than 15 minutes
late may be asked to re-schedule. 

Costs and Fees

There are no client fees for routine
TB control services. Fees may be
charged for other services.

DCoDPH FAQ Section

   

PLEASE NOTE: All local health departments in North Carolina coordinate and monitor TB prevention and control activities in their county. To better ensure continuity of care, residents of counties other than Durham County are encouraged to obtain services from their local county health department. We are happy to assist in contacting other health departments to help coordinate needed services.

TB Infection (latent TB) means the TB bacteria has infected a person, but it is inactive, or dormant (quiet), and the person is not sick, does not have symptoms, and is not contagious.
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TB Disease (active TB) means the bacteria has become active in a person; symptoms are usually present, and the person is usually contagious. If not treated, TB disease can cause serious damage to your body. 

To learn more about TB, visit the CDC's Questions and Answers about Tuberculosis page.

TB Skin Tests (TST)

All persons who request TB skin testing are assessed by a TB clinic nurse to determine if they fall into a high or low risk category for developing TB infection.

Following recommendations from the NC Tuberculosis Control Program, the Durham County Department of Public Health's TB Clinic provides TB skin tests at no cost only to those persons considered to be at high risk for infection, including:

· Household and other close contacts to persons with active pulmonary and laryngeal tuberculosis

· Persons reasonably suspected of having tuberculosis disease

· Inmates in the custody of the NC Department of Corrections

· Staff who have direct contact with inmates

· Staff of licensed nursing care homes, upon employment

· Residents upon admission to licensed nursing homes or adult care homes

· Staff, upon employment, in adult day care centers that provide care to persons with HIV/AIDS

· Persons with HIV infection or AIDS

· Refugees

· Staff at homeless shelters and local jails, upon employment

· Foreign-born individuals who have arrived in this country within the past year from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis

Persons not assessed to be high risk, but who fall into one of the categories below, may receive a skin test, but will be charged a fee.

· Daycare Personnel 

· Staff in group homes not licensed by the state

Routine skin testing of low-risk individuals is not recommended and is not done by the TB Clinic staff. The TB Clinic can provide a list of locations in the area that provide TB skin testing at a cost.