Tuberculosis, TB, is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which usually affects the lungs. However other parts of the body, such as the kidney, spine, and brain may be affected. When someone with TB diseases of the lung or throat coughs, sneezes laughs, or sings, the TB bacteria get into the air. People who share the same airspace with this person may breathe in the bacteria.
Symptoms of TB may include:
- Chest Pain
- Feeling Weak or Sick
- Night Sweats
- Persistent Productive Cough
- Weight Loss
Gloucester County Tuberculosis Program
The Gloucester County Department of Health protects the residents of Gloucester County by conducting screening and case management for all individuals diagnosed with tuberculosis or exposed to people with Tuberculosis. Persons diagnosed with tuberculosis are followed through a course of treatment, at no charge to the patient, to cure active disease, or to protect the exposed person from developing active disease. Contact 856-218-4102 with any questions about Tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis Skin Testing or Mantoux Test
Skin testing is provided to Gloucester County residents only. Appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 856-218-4102. Testing is held at:
- Gloucester County Department of Health
204 E Holly Avenue
- Each Monday from 9 am to 11 am
Regional Tuberculosis Center
Gloucester County residents diagnosed with or suspected to have active Tuberculosis will be asked to attend a clinic in Bellmawr. This clinic is a Regional Tuberculosis Center. In New Jersey, the State Tuberculosis Control Program has established regional sites to perform a clinical evaluation, treatment, prevention, and epidemiology in concert with the county and municipal health departments. The Regional Tuberculosis Center has partnered with the Global Tuberculosis Institute.
Conquer & Cure
The New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute is a force in the effort to conquer and cure tuberculosis worldwide. The Institute plays a leading role in the international arena, providing expertise in program development, education and training, and research to ministers of health, national TB programs, and healthcare providers around the globe. View more information on the Global Tuberculosis Institute website.