What is TB?
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.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases:
- One third of the world's population is infected with TB.
- In 2011, nearly 9 million people around the world became sick with TB disease. There were 1.4 million TB-related deaths worldwide.
- TB is a leading a leading killer of people who are HIV infected.
Check out the most recent Trends in Tuberculosis-United States, 2012 from the CDC.
Click here to read the report.
New 12 Dose Regimen for Latent TB Infection-Patient Education Brochure from the CDC
This brochure was developed for clinicians to use with patients while discussing the 12-dose regimen for the treatment of latent TB infection.
What does the Tuberculosis program do?
- The Tuberculosis (TB) Program has statewide responsibility for the control of TB. The TB Program contracts with local public health agencies throughout the state to provide TB treatment and control activities according to current standards of medical and public health practice, Colorado statutes, and rules and regulations pertaining to TB treatment and control.
- The TB Program staff members provide consultation, training and education, and case management of active TB cases in outlying counties.
The TB Program is also responsible for TB surveillance, which includes data collection, data entry and data analysis, and assists with outreach activities and outbreak investigations.