Addressing Tuberculosis in DuPage County: Prevention, Treatment, and the Importance of Early Diagnosis

News Flash: DuPage County Health Department Celebrates World Day

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is marking World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of this contagious and potentially life-threatening disease. In 2023, there were 41 active TB cases reported among DuPage County residents, with numbers varying in previous years.

Tuberculosis spreads through the air when a person with active TB coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. Those with TB are most likely to infect people they regularly interact with, such as family members or coworkers. However, TB is preventable, treatable, and curable through timely diagnosis and treatment for both active TB disease and latent TB infection.

Individuals with latent TB infection do not spread 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 TB disease. Treating latent TB infection is an effective way to prevent the development of TB disease.

The DCHD’s TB Clinic provides services to DuPage County residents, including testing, diagnosis, and treatment for TB infection and disease. Appointments are necessary for all services, and walk-ins are not accepted. To schedule an appointment

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