Also called: TB, consumption
A potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs.
Partly preventable by vaccine
Treatable by a medical professional
Spreads by airborne droplets
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Medium-term: resolves within months
The bacteria that cause TB are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Most people infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis don’t have symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they usually include a cough (sometimes blood-tinged), weight loss, night sweats and fever.Treatment isn’t always required for those without symptoms. Patients with active symptoms will require a long course of treatment involving multiple antibiotics. Always consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.