By: Holly Gooding
What is Tuberculosis?
- Tuberculosis is referred to as TB.
- It is an infectious, potentially fatal disease that affects the lungs.
- TB is contracted by inhaling air that contains droplets contaminated with TB bacteria.
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Persistent cough
- Chest pain
- Blood in sputum
Treatment and Prevention
- TB is treated with antibiotics. The antibiotics are taken over a period of several months to two years.
- If the antibiotics are not taken as prescribed for the amount of time the doctor orders or drug-resistant strains can arise.
- TB is prevented by avoiding close contact with people who have active TB and by staying healthy so the body can fight off infection.