Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a potentially fatal bacterial disease that usually attacks the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body such as the spine, brain and kidneys.
Once a person has a TB infection, they have a higher chance of getting TB disease if they:
- have a compromised immune system
- have been recently infected with TB germs in the last two years or
- were not treated properly for TB infection in the past.
Symptoms of TB disease include feeling weak, weight loss, fever and night sweats. If the disease is in a person’s lungs, they may also cough, have chest pain and cough up blood.
TB germs are spread from person to person when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, laughs or anything else that causes germs to become airborne.
In an effort to eliminate TB, Paris-Lamar County Health District offers skin testing to help diagnose TB infections. Patients are given a small injection just under the skin on their arms. They are then asked to return 48 hours later for results.
The clinic is located 400 West Sherman Street, Paris, Texas 75460.
Clinic hours for skin testing are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday ONLY. (Skin testing is not done on Wednesdays or Thursdsays.)
Appointments for skin tests are not necessary.
The fee is $20.
Do your part and make TB testing part of your annual checkup!
State reporting regulations require reports of Tuberculosis cases must be reported within one working day.
To report a confirmed or suspected case of TB to Lamar County Health and Human Services, call 903-737-0293 OR 903-669-2798.
To find state laws pertaining to how TB cases should be reported, refer to:
Learn how this disease is spread and general information by clicking here.