March 24 is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, this date commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes TB.
TB usually attacks the lungs but can attack any part of the body. You can have active TB meaning you are sick with TB or latent TB which means you have been exposed and the bacteria has been walled off somewhere in your body but can make you sick later in life.
On the average the state of Iowa has reported 46 cases of active TB per year and over 1,000 cases of latent TB per year.
At Mill Valley we screen all new staff on hire and new residents on admission by completing a two-step TB screening process and skin test.