The following is based on information provided by the North Yorkshire Health Protection Unit.
Tuberculosis is an illness caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually affects the lungs (pulmonary tuberculosis) but can affect other parts of the body.
Tuberculosis develops slowly. When first exposed to the infection there may be no symptoms. In some cases the infection heals itself. However, some people go on to develop disease and become unwell. These people will need treatment to recover.
Most adults are protected against the disease, but some people have a higher chance of catching the illness including:
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By immunisation with the BCG vaccine, or by screening or checking for TB in:
Risk can also be minimised by improving housing conditions, avoiding overcrowding and poor ventilation, and by eating a balanced healthy diet.
Yes. Modern treatment is very effective. Treatment usually consists of a course of two, three or four antibiotics, taken for several months, usually six months.
During university orientation, if you are from a country where TB is more common, staff from the Harrogate District Foundation Trust (NHS) will offer you, and any family who have travelled to the UK with you, the opportunity to be screened for TB. Tuberculosis Flag Poster (PDF , 164kb)
This will give us the opportunity to find out if you have been affected by TB, so that we can offer you treatment. This is a free service. Read the Tuberculosis Screening Leaflet (PDF , 209kb)
The TB Team will conduct a brief interview to assess if you have any symptoms suggestive of TB.
If you have already had the BCG vaccination and are not ill, you will still be asked to take part in TB screening. Even if this has already been done in your country of origin, we will request to see your certificate, and Latent TB Screening is still advised if not previously carried out.
A health questionnaire will be followed by a skin test and, depending on the result, a blood test or chest x-ray.
Depending on these results you maybe referred to a specialist doctor if the blood test is positive or if your chest x-ray shows infection.
Find out more about TB and screenings through Unity Health.