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, Dallas County Health and Human Services 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 on the third floor of the DCHHS building, 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, in Room 300.
Clinic hours for skin testing are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, EXCEPT Thursdays. (Skin testing is not done on Thursdays.)
Appointments for skin tests are not necessary.
The fee is $30.
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 Dallas County Health and Human Services, call 214-819-2060.
To find state laws pertaining to how TB cases should be reported, refer to:
Download DCHHS’ TB Fact Sheet: English
Learn how this disease is spread and find out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.