Santa Clara County, Public Health

Get tested, treated for TB infection, health office urges Viet-Am community

Santa Clara County: Don’t take chances, even if you feel fine

Did you know Santa Clara County has one of the highest rates of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in the country? It’s true. But it doesn’t have to remain that way, according to officials with the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department.

LTBI and TB disease could be wiped out in short order if vulnerable populations got tested — and then treated if the test is positive. You can be infected for years, even decades, and feel fine — until suddenly you don’t. And by that time, you may very well be infecting your friends, family, and co-workers.

Don’t risk that. Get tested. Get treated. Do it for yourself. Do it for the people you care about.

TB in Santa Clara County

  • The rate of TB disease in SCC is three times the rate for the U.S.
  • SCC has the fourth highest number of cases of TB disease in California after Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange counties.
  • During 2017, 75% of people with TB disease were born in Vietnam, the Philippines, India, or China.
  • During 2017, 41% of people with TB disease were 65 years of age or older and 29% had diabetes.
  • It is estimated that about 160,000 people in SCC have latent TB infection. Most people don’t know they are infected. Without treatment, they are at risk for becoming sick with TB disease. ​​​​

For more information

Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control Program
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
976 Lenzen Ave., Suite 1700
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: (408) 792-1381

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June 30, 2019

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June 2019
Santa Clara County