What is tuberculosis (TB)?
TB is a bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs and can cause disease in other parts of the body such as the glands (lymph nodes), spine and brain.
What are the symptoms of TB?
- Cough for more than three weeks, which may be dry or productive.
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Swellings in the neck and other sites
How can it be spread?
TB in the lungs or throat can be infectious. Bacteria can be coughed up by an infected individual and breathed in by others. In most circumstances prolonged contact is required to spread disease.
How can TB be treated?
Usually TB is treated with a six month course of antibiotics.
Can TB be cured?
Yes. But treatment must be completed and the medication taken as prescribed.