Tuberculosis Continues Decline In Wisconsin

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Tuberculosis rates are on the decline in Wisconsin and state health officials are continuing to closely monitor the disease. Surveillance data compiled by the Department indicates that in 2006, there were 75 cases of tuberculosis. In 2005, the state had 78 cases.


Local health departments are on Wisconsin's front line in the fight against the disease. The state works with local health departments and local health care providers to promptly identify, isolate and treat infectious TB cases.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of the body, but usually attacks the lungs. People who are infected with TB do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot spread TB. People who have TB infection can take medicine so that they will never develop TB disease.

If untreated, however, a person may develop TB disease and be able to spread it some time in the future. People with TB disease can be treated and cured if they seek medical help. A person with TB disease may have any or all of the following symptoms:

  • A cough that will not go away
  • Coughing up blood
  • Loss of appetite