Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-246-2433
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Barbara Andrino, MD,
Tuberculosis Physician

Let's Talk TB

There are two types of TB conditions: TB disease and Latent TB infection.

Tuberculosis disease

illustration of TB disease in the lungs

​Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria.

When a person who is sick with TB disease in their lungs coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings, they send TB germs into the air. If others breathe in those TB germs, they can become infected with TB and may get sick.

TB disease has serious symptoms, and can include:

  • Coughing that lasts for three weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats 
  • Fatigue

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, make sure to speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

TB can be cured with medication.

Latent TB infection

illustration of latent TB infection in the lungs

Latent tuberculosis (TB) infection is a "hidden" infection caused by exposure to TB germs.

If you breathe in TB germs, your body may fight off the germs, or the germs may hide in your body for a long time before making you sick. This is called TB infection or latent TB infection.

These hidden germs cannot spread from person to person, but can become infectious overtime unless it is treated with medication, which can prevent TB germs from growing and making you sick.
 

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