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Tuberculosis (TB)

Florida Department of Health - St. Johns County

  •  904-209-3250
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    Mailing Address

    200 San Sebastian View 

     

    Saint Augustine, Florida 32084 

The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH–St. Johns) provides a coordinated system of care for those persons identified to be at risk of contracting active tuberculosis (TB) and/or those persons with active TB diseases and their close contacts.

Take on TB. Too many people in our country still suffer from tuberculosis (TB). 9,025 TB Cases reported in the U.S. in 2018. visit: www.cdc.gov/tb

  • About Tuberculosis
  • Tuberculosis Educational Materials
  • Additional Information

Tuberculosis is a serious disease that can affect more than just the person who has the illness. All persons in close contact with an individual carrying TB is at risk of contracting the infection. If the information on this page does not provide you with the answers you need, contact us at 904-209-3250 and DOH - St. Johns will be happy to clarify.

What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread from person to person through the air. TB usually affects the lungs. The germs are put into the air when a person with TB of the lung coughs, sneezes, laughs or sings. TB can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, the kidneys or the spine.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Mr. Tuber's Coloring Book
(PDF, 500kB)

Download the coloring book designed to provide children with basic information about TB.

Downloadable Materials:

Patient Directions for Sputum Collection: English, Spanish, and Creole.

The Tuberculin Skin Test Tells Who Is Infected: What Does It Mean? in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Serbian, Russian, Vietnamese, Ukranian, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Somali, Chinese, Hindi.

INH-Standing Between You and TB in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Serbian, Russian, Vietnamese, Ukranian, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Somali, Chinese, Hindi.


TB Educational Videos:

You Can prevent TB

  • Audience: People with TB infection
  • Length: 10 minutes          
  • Producer: NYC/FL
  • Description: When Trevor discovers he has been infected with TB, a visit to the doctor calms his fears. Trevor learns the facts about TB and decides to complete preventive treatment. By taking medicine, Trevor can wipe out most of the TB germs in his body before they become active, so they cannot hurt him or anyone else.
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Creole, Cantonese,  and Russian.  Also in newly issued Serbo-Croatian

The Facts about TB

  • Audience: Concerned Public
  • Length: 13 minutes           
  • Producer: NYC
  • Description: Cindy found out she was infected with TB after her boyfriend, Troy, was hospitalized with TB disease. She was frightened when her TB skin test came back positive. Cindy went to the clinic to talk to the doctor about what it means to be infected with TB. Her doctor explained the importance of preventive treatment and Cindy decided to take it.
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Creole, Cantonese

TB and HIV Connection

  • Audience: People with HIV infection
  • Length: 13 minutes           
  • Producer: NYC
  • Description: Bob has been asking his friend, Joey to get a TB skin test. They are both HIV positive and Bob is concerned Joey has not had a TB test. Joey finally goes to the clinic and discovers he has been infected with TB. He meets the doctor and decides to take the preventive treatment. Denia, the HIV counselor, stresses the importance of preventive treatment for people with HIV.
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Creole

 You Can Beat TB

  • Audience: People in treatment for TB
  • Length: 12 minutes          
  • Producer: NYC
  • Description: Ricardo is receiving treatment for TB disease. He is coming regularly to the clinic but has begun to miss appointments. Carmen, his outreach worker, visits Ricardo at work and reminds him how important it is to stick to his treatment. She offers to meet him nearby for Directly Observed Therapy. Carlos is pleased and agrees to meet Carmen at work.
  • Languages: English, Spanish, Creole, Cantonese

Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

More information about Tuberculosis is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Tuberculosis.

If you have any Tuberculosis questions or concerns, contact DOH–St. Johns Epidemiology via telephone at 904-209-3250.