Tuberculosis

Broome County Health Department Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic

Clinic Information

TB Clinic services by appointment only. Call 607-778-2839 to make an appointment.
We provide TB testing for certain individuals for employment, school, or based on certain risk factors. Our TB clinic provides treatment for people with active or latent tuberculosis and evaluation of their close contacts, such as family members. 

Billing

All services and treatment are billed to third party payers, however, there is no charge to the individual receiving TB services as part of a public health investigation. Click here for a Full List of Participating Health Plans and Billing Information.


Resources for You and Your Family

TB Information

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs. Once infected with TB, not everyone becomes sick. As a result, there are two TB-related conditions: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease (active TB). Read about the differences between the two on the CDC’s website.

Many people think that tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of the past. However, the CDC reported over 7,000 cases of active TB in 2020 and estimates that up to 13 million people are living with latent TB infection in the United States alone. TB can be detected with tests. Without treatment, it can be fatal.

TB Risk Factors

Some people are at greater risk of TB than others, based on lifestyle factors or medical conditions that weaken the immune system. Learn more about TB risk factors from the CDC.

Your TB risk factors may affect what kind of TB test you should get. If you are getting tested for TB, your healthcare provider will ask about your immigration, employment, social, and medical history to determine what test will give you the most accurate result.

TB Contact Tracing

People with active TB can infect other people with the bacteria that causes TB. Broome County Health Department interviews people with active TB to find out if they have any close contacts, such as household members. We then follow up with and test those close contacts to determine if they have been infected.  


Resources for Healthcare Providers and Community Partners

Broome County Health Department TB Clinic serves as a resource for other health professionals, health care facilities, and congregate living establishments in the community. Contact us at 607-778-2839 with questions or a referral. 

Stay up-to-date on TB testing recommendations, treatment guidelines, and other news by visiting the CDC and New York State Department of Health websites.
Many people with active or latent TB are born outside of the United States and may need resources in a language other than English. Patient education is available in several different languages.