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International Tuberculosis Day 24 March 2019

February 27, 2019 by optima


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.

TB Signs and Symptoms             Pulmonary TB


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