Tuberculosis in Africa

DeQuincy Webster

Facts about Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria usually attacks at the lungs. The bacterium can also attack any other part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If Tuberculosis isn't treated correctly, it can become fatal. Tuberculosis spreads through the air from one person to another person. The tuberculosis bacteria is put in the air when a person with tuberculosis coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. Tuberculosis can't spread if you: shake someones hand, sharing food or drinks, touching bed linens, using toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes, and kissing. Symptoms of tuberculosis include: a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks, pain chest, coughing up blood, weakness, weight loss and others.

What region of Africa it's prevalent in?

Tuberculosis is prevalent in South Africa.
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Is South Africa rich or poor and is it urban or rural?

South Africa is a poor country because they have a lot of poverty down there. It is also a urban population.

Is Tuberculosis curable?

Yes, tuberculosis is curable,however, drug treatment requires that a number of antibiotics be taken for a prolonged period of time.

How is Tuberculosis impacting South Africa?

Tuberculosis killed about 450,000 in 2013. Tuberculosis is a major disease in South Africa.