Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a bacterial microorganism that can affect almost any part of the body. There are two different ways you can get tested for Tuberculosis, a skin test or a blood test. The Mantoux tuberculin skin test is executed by inserting a small amount of tuberculin fluid into the lower part of the arm. Forty-eight to seventy-two hours after the injection you must return to the health care worker and they will look for a reaction on your arm. The tuberculosis blood test is performed like any other blood test and tests how your immune system reacts to the bacteria that cause Tuberculosis. Results for this test are available within 24-48. If you are positive for TB, there will be further tests that your doctor will discuss with you.
Since Tuberculosis is such a serious disease, and seeing as one-third of the world is infected with it, it is very important to get tested, especially if you are a staff member at an adult care facility. This is so important in your adult carefacility because senior’s immune systems are down so it is easy for you to pass TB on to them or for them to pass it to you. Remember, in most cases this is a life threatening disease, so get checked.