Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI)
Tuberculosis bacteria can live in the body without making you sick, which is called latent TB infection. In most people who become infected, the body is able to effectively fight the bacteria. However, five to 10 percent of people with LTBI will develop TB disease, which is why it’s important to be treated for LTBI.
When active, TB germs cause disease in the lungs or other parts of the body and cause a variety of symptoms. You could give TB to others by coughing, sneezing or shouting and transferring the germs through the air. With the proper treatment, however, TB can be cured.
TB disease symptoms may include:
- Cough that lasts three weeks or longer
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Weakness or fatigue
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Chills, fever or night sweats
Speak with your physician about a referral to the NSMC Tuberculosis Clinic. Providers not on the Partners system must complete a referral form and fax the form to 978.740.4776.
Appointments can be made by calling our clinic at 978.354.4455 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.