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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs,
but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, 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 get into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected, but not everyone who is infected will become sick.
TB is NOT spread by:
TB is one of the world's deadliest diseases:
The number of TB cases reported in the United States continues to decrease every year. However, current TB control activities are not sufficient to eliminate TB disease in our country. We must identify and treat more people who are infected but not sick in order to eliminate TB. .
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.