Tuberculosis

Working against the resurgence of an old disease

Tuberculosis (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:


For more information, visit the Tuberculosis Library or contact the MCTC TB Line:

(312) 628-0252.