Tuberculosis (TB) Tests

Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable disease caused by bacteria that is spread from person to person by respiratory droplets. TB normally affects the lungs, but can also affect other areas of the body.

How do You Get TB?

TB is spread from person to person through the air. Germs are put into the air when a person with TB of the lungs coughs, sneezes, laughs, or sings.

How TB is Diagnosed

If you show signs of TB, you should have a TB skin test. If the test is positive, you will be given other tests to see if you have TB infection or TB disease. The Jackson County Health Department does not provide chest x-rays, but people may qualify through a program established with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Jackson County Health Department offers TB skin tests as a walk-in service. Please call 816-404-6415 for more information.

Note: TB skin tests conducted on Thursdays CANNOT be read on weekends by health department staff. Alternate arrangements must be made.


Jackson County Health Department
313 S. Liberty Street
Independence, MO 64050