Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
by appointment only.
Clients who arrive for scheduled appointments more than 15 minutes
late may be asked to re-schedule


TB Clinic (Clinic 5)
414 East Main Street
Durham NC 27701

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What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack


CONGRATULATIONS to the DCoDPH  TB staff as they work diligently in the fight to END TB!

Dr. Arlene Sena/

Medical Director


RN /CD Nursing Supervisor

 Mary “ Kathy” Carpenter

RN/ TB Case Manager

 Amy Rafalow

RN/TB Clinic Nurse

the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidneys, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are expelled into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or speaks. People nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: 



TB Clinic ( Clinic 5 ) 
414 East Main Street.
Durham NC 27701 

Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
by appointment only.
Clients who arrive for scheduled
appointments more than 15 minutes
late may be asked to re-schedule. 

Costs and Fees

There are no client fees for routine
TB control services. Fees may be
charged for other services.

Tuberculosis FAQ Section


PLEASE NOTE: All local health departments in North Carolina coordinate and monitor TB prevention and control activities in their county. To better ensure continuity of care, residents of counties other than Durham County are encouraged to obtain services from their local county health department. We are happy to assist in contacting other health departments to help coordinate needed services.

TB Infection (latent TB) means the TB bacteria has infected a person, but it is inactive, or dormant (quiet), and the person is not sick, does not have symptoms, and is not contagious.

TB Disease (active TB) means the bacteria has become active in a person; symptoms are usually present, and the person is usually contagious. If not treated, TB disease can cause serious damage to your body. 

To learn more about TB, visit the CDC's Questions and Answers about Tuberculosis page.

TB Skin Tests (TST)

All persons who request TB skin testing are assessed by a TB clinic nurse to determine if they fall into a high or low risk category for developing TB infection.  Routine skin testing of low-risk individuals is not recommended by the State and is not done by the TB clinic staff.  The TB clinic can provide a list of locations in the area that provide TB skin testing at a cost. 

The Tuberculosis Clinic will place tuberculin skin tests without charge for the following: 

  1. Individuals suspected to have active tuberculosis
  2. Contacts to a case of active tuberculosis
  3. Foreign-born individuals from high incidence areas such as Asia Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Mexico, South America, Pacific Islands or Eastern Europe who have been in the U.S. for less than one year

The following individuals may receive a skin test and be charged for it according to Durham County Department of Public Health Fee Policy:

  •  Day care personnel (upon employment)
    *Proof of day care employment is required.