Working against the resurgence of an old diseaseTuberculosis (TB) is disease caused by bacteria that are breathed into the lungs. The bacteria are spread through the air, typically by a cough or sneeze. TB infection is diagnosed through a skin test or blood test, though other tests may be used. The disease is treatable by completing medical treatment for a specified period of time under the care of a health care provider.
We were founded in 1906 to fight TB. Today, these efforts continue through the Metropolitan Chicago Tuberculosis Coalition (MCTC). MCTC creates, coordinates and mobilizes a variety of resources to focus on the elimination of tuberculosis. In particular, MCTC:
- Develops community-based strategies to prevent TB.
- Educates the public about TB through workshops and educational materials.
- Organizes community planning groups to collaborate for the elimination of TB.
- Conducts TB research through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium.