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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis

  •  407-836-2648
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    Mailing Address

    832 West Central Blvd. Room #125 

    Orlando, FL 32805 

     

Clinic hours:

  • Monday 8 AM - 5 PM (Monday through Thursday, the last patient will be seen at 4pm.)
  • Tuesday 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday 8 AM – 5PM (On Friday, the last patient will be seen at 11am.)
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Eligibility for Tuberculosis patients is provided through the Tuberculosis Clinic at Central Health Center. Clients are seen for Eligibility Services for TB on a walk-in basis every day. For more information call 407-836-2648.

The Tuberculosis program provides a broad range of services to people in Orange County and surrounding counties, when needed.

Our outreach program consists of comprehensive case management for active cases of Tuberculosis (TB), contact investigation, and testing of those exposed to an active case of TB, along with direct observed medication therapy for active TB cases. In addition, our outreach program acts as a gateway to treatment in the TB clinic for those who have been determined through testing to have Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI).

Our clinical services provide the diagnosis and treatment of persons with active TB disease and persons identified with LTBI. Treatment for persons identified with LTBI will be crucial to achieving the ultimate goal of eliminating TB as a public health issue.

A basic premise of the Technical Assistance (TA) guidelines and current CDC guidelines is: A decision to tuberculin skin test an individual is a decision to treat until completion, if that person is found to be tuberculin positive.

Services

The TB Clinic helps Health Care Providers and patients defeat Tuberculosis (TB) by providing:

  • Complete diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) Disease
  • Complete diagnosis and treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI)
  • Case management
  • Thorough contact investigation with testing of everyone exposed
  • Direct observed therapy monitoring - intake of medication among patients with Tuberculosis (TB) Disease
  • Education & information services for clients and families
  • Surveillance - active observation of Tuberculosis (TB) client activities

Symptoms

Tuberculosis (TB) can infect almost any part of the body including, but not limited to, the lungs, heart, brain, bone, spine, stomach, kidneys, and fallopian tubes.

The most common of these is Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB) which occurs when the organism infects the lungs. Symptoms include:

  • A cough, which can be dry or accompanied with phlegm
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Mild fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Night Sweats
  • Malaise (general unwell feeling)
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Chest pain from pleurisy
  • Difficulty breathing     
  • Swollen glands

Symptoms of TB disease in other parts of the body depend on the area affected.

It is important to understand that many of these symptoms may also be present in a variety of other medical conditions. Often, Tuberculosis (TB) is not suspected until other more common conditions are treated without success.

Risk Factors

People who have Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) have had a positive skin test in the past, but have not developed Tuberculosis (TB) Disease. However, people with certain conditions are at risk. These include:

  • People who are HIV positive
  • People who became infected with Tuberculosis (TB) in the last 2 years
  • People who were not treated correctly for Tuberculosis (TB) in the past
  • People with medical conditions that make the body less able to protect itself from disease.
  • Injection (IV) drug users
  • Babies, young children, and seniors

If you have Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) and you have any of these risk factors you need to seek treatment from a health care provider. They can help you decide which treatment is best for you.

TB Prevention

  • See your health care provider for regular check-ups
  • Take all of your medicine until finished, even if you are feeling better and have no more symptoms.
  • Report any side effects right away (loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, yellowish skin or eyes, fever for more than 3 days, abdominal pain, tingling in the fingers and toes)
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol until medication is complete or doctor has cleared you
  • Wear a surgical mask.
  • Always cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough, sneeze, or laugh. Place the tissue in a closed bag and throw it away.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Separate yourself from others and avoid close contact with anyone. Sleep in a bedroom away from other family members.
  • Air out your room often. Tuberculosis (TB) spreads in small closed spaces where the air does not circulate.
  • Put a fan in your window to blow out air that may be filled with Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria.     
  • If you are sick enough, go to the hospital so you can be separated from others- reducing their chance to get Tuberculosis (TB) Infection.

Remember Tuberculosis (TB) is spread through the air! It is not spread through handshakes, sitting on toilet seats, or sharing dishes and utensils.

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