Tuberculosis (TB), which is curable and preventable, is caused by bacteria that most often affects the lungs.
TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they push the TB germs into the air. It only takes a few of these germs for someone to become infected.
When a person develops active TB, the symptoms may be mild for many months. This can lead to a delay in seeking medical care and results in transmission of the bacteria to others.
DID YOU KNOW…
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ACTIVE LUNG TB:
Diagnosing active tuberculosis based merely on signs and symptoms is difficult. A diagnosis of TB should, however, be considered in people with signs of lung disease or a group of symptoms lasting longer than two weeks. A chest X-ray and multiple sputum cultures are typically part of the initial assessment.
Contact your health care provider if you have any concerns.
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