TB (Tuberculosis) Program

OPEN MON – FRI, 8:30 - 4:30, TEL: 403 881 3920

WHAT IS TB (TUBERCULOSIS)?

TB is a germ that attacks the lungs and other parts of the body.

TB is passed to another when a person with TB disease of the lungs coughs the germs into the air and the other person breathes in the TB germ. TB is very contagious because we all share air.

TB is #1 Infectious Disease that causes the most deaths worldwide and it is still in our community.

Two things can happen:

  1. The TB germ takes over the immune system (the body’s system that attacks germs) and causes disease once you are infected, by making holes in your lungs and other parts of your body.
    This is called TB Disease. TB Disease is when the germ makes you sick.
    Symptoms (Pictures of this would be ideal):

    • Cough lasting more than 3 weeks and not getting better
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Fever (temperature over 38’C)
    • No appetite
    • Weight loss for no reason
    • Sweating a lot at night.
  2. The TB germ is attacked by the immune system and deactivates the germ from causing disease in the body. This is called Latent Tuberculosis Infection or sleeping TB. Latent Tuberculosis Infection or sleeping TB does NOT make you sick and you can live your whole life without getting sick. BUT later on if you get sick with another disease or are taking strong medications the TB germ might wake up and make you sick this turns into TB Disease.If you have the one of the conditions below please call the TB Nurse at your Stoney Health Centre because you are high risk for having TB disease and it can be cured and prevented by taking medications chosen best for you!
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney Failure/ on Hemodialysis
    • Organ Transplant
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Taking TNF Inhibitors ex: Enbrel
    • Recent contact with someone sick with TB Disease.
    • Chest x-rays showing signs of old TB Disease
    • Cancer of the head or neck
    • Underweight

What to expect when you talk to your TB Nurse

  1. Will ask you about your symptoms
  2. Will ask about your medical history
  3. If you do not have recorded history of having a TB skin test, this may be done at this visit.
  4. You may have need a chest x-ray done and this can be done at Stoney Health Centre.
  5. Then if needed will send your Referral to TB doctors who decide plan of care that best suits your health needs.
  6. If you decided to take treatment for latent TB infection this is covered by Health Canada and on reserve is delivered to you when you need to take it. You will be followed closely by the TB Nurse to make sure you are well while taking the medication.

Have questions call anytime: 403-881-2719 or text 403-807-0622. Leave a message if no answer and you will hear back within 8 hours. Stoney Health Centre opened 8:30am-4:30pm

TB Nurse Role:

  • Case manages all people referred to TB Services
  • Case manages all people taking treatment either for TB Disease or Latent TB Infection which is taken Directly
  • Observed to decrease any TB resistance to the treatment and to help you be more successful in killing the TB germ in your body.
  • Teaching Resource to staff and the community about TB
  • Contact Tracing: reaching all people who may have been exposed to breathing the TB germ in the community and discussing with them what their decisions are re TB treatment.
  • Screening for those with High and Moderate At Risk Medical Conditions as shared above to decrease their risk of getting sick with TB Disease.