The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

Tuberculosis (TB) Program

There is currently a shortage of the primary tuberculin antigen licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in performing tuberculin skin tests. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using the available antigen for testing only for persons who are at risk of TB including:

Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties are following the CDC’s recommendation. Anyone seeking a TB test who does not fall into one of the high risk categories can either request a blood test (additional cost required) or seek testing at another healthcare facility.  

The Coastal Health District Tuberculosis (TB) program is dedicated to preventing the spread of TB through education and outreach and treating those with TB. Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB bacteria can attack any part of the body, but usually attacks the lungs. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB is spread through the air from one person to another when a person with active TB coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of TB depend on where in the body the TB bacteria are growing. TB bacteria usually grow in the lungs. TB in the lungs may cause symptoms such as:

Certain people should be tested for TB infection because they are at higher risk for being infected with TB bacteria, including:

Sweating at night A TB skin test is given to determine TB infection. You can get this test at the Health Department or your primary physician’s office. Tuberculin Skin Testing is available at all county health departments in our district on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday’s during business hours. Skin tests must be read 48-72 hours after placement. The cost is $40.00. Please call the health department in your county to see if an appointment is needed.

Public Health investigates and monitors cases of TB to control transmission and prevent community outbreaks. We also provide medication and chest x-rays if needed.More information on Tuberculosis can be found here:
TB prevention and Control
Georgia TB Reference Guide

Our TB Team

District TB Coordinator
Janice Maxwell

District TB Nurse
Jennifer Riemann

Bryan County
Joanne Burnsed, R.N.

Richmond Hill
Laurie Mehlhorn, R.N.

Camden County
Melissa Perkins, R.N.
912-882-8515, Ext. 21

Chatham County
Charmaine Demery, R.N.

Effingham County
Mary Weaver, R.N.
912-754-6484 Ext. 5239

Glynn County
Jeff Walsh, R.N.
912-264-3961, Ext. 3247

Liberty County
Angela Hartley, R.N.
912-876-2173 Ext. 130

Long County
Lisa Palmer, R.N.
912-545-2107. Ext. 233

McIntosh County
Brooke Deverger, R.N.
912-832-5473. Ext. 110