Active tuberculosis cases exist in Niagara. Recognition of World Tuberculosis Day is important to increase the community's awareness of the disease in order to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis everywhere.
Everyone can do something to stop tuberculosis and every individual's action counts. Tuberculosis is a reportable disease. Our role at Public Health is to:
While the dangers of tuberculosis may not seem great in Canada, each year brings 1,600 new diagnoses of tuberculosis in Canada. Approximately 70 per cent of these cases originate from outside of Canada, many originate within Canada. Those most at risk include:
Public Health provides skin tests only for individuals identified as a contact of a laboratory confirmed case of Tuberculosis.
Consult with your health care provider or go to a local walk-in clinic if you require a test for school or employment.
For more information about Tuberculosis, contact the Infectious Diseases Program at 905-688-8248 ext. 7330 or toll-free 888-505-6074.