What is a TUBERCULOSIS?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that spreads through the body’s tissues. Tuberculosis is carried from person to person through the air. Although tuberculosis most commonly affects the lungs, it can also damage the spine, kidneys, and brain.
Latent tuberculosis infection and tuberculosis illness are the two types of tuberculosis infection.
When bacteria is present in a person’s body but the immune system prevents the germs from spreading, the person develops no symptoms and does not feel unwell. Furthermore, the bacteria cannot be passed on to others. If left untreated, latent tuberculosis can progress to tuberculosis illness.
Tuberculosis is contagious, and those who have it will often feel uncomfortable and have trouble sleeping.
- Aches and pains in the chest
- A cough that lasts longer than three weeks is considered chronic.
- Sweats and/or chills at night
- Coughing up blood or mucus/phlegm
- Appetite loss and weight loss