Tuberculosis is curable and still kills 3 people each minute?






TB bacteria most commonly grow in the lungs, and can cause symptoms such as:

  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Pain in the chest
  • Coughing up blood or sputum (mucus from deep inside the lungs)

Other symptoms of TB disease may include:

  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • No appetite
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Sweating at night

Anyone can get TB , but people at high risk generally fall into two categories:

  • People recently infected with TB bacteria
  • People with medical conditions that weaken the immune system

You are at increased risk for being infected with TB bacteria if:

  • You have spent time with a person with TB disease
  • You live or work where TB disease is more common, such as a homeless shelter, prison or jail, or long-term care facility

You have a higher chance of getting TB disease once infected if:

  • You have HIV infection
  • You are a child younger than 5 years of age
  • You have recently been infected with TB bacteria in the last two years
  • You have other¬†health problemsthat make it hard for your body to fight disease
  • You smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol and/or drugs
  • You were not treated correctly for latent TB infection or TB disease in the past


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