Tuberculosis, or TB, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but usually attack the lungs. People who are infected with TB do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot spread TB. If untreated, however, they may develop TB disease and be able to spread it some time in the future.
People with TB disease can be treated and cured if they seek medical help. Even better, people who have TB infection but are not yet sick can take medicine so they will never develop TB disease.
Learn more about the Wisconsin TB Program or choose any of the links found on this page.
Important CDC Links
Guidelines for preventing the transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in health-care settings
MMWR 2005; 54 (No. RR-17, 1-141)
Contact investigation of persons with infectious tuberculosis:
National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and CDC
MMWR 2005; 54 (No. RR-15, 1-37)
Popular Program Links
For more information or questions, contact the Respiratory Diseases and International Health Unit or your Wisconsin Local Health Department.