What is Tuberculosis(TB)?

Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease


Most people who become infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis actually do not present symptoms of the disease. However, when symptoms are present, they include unexplained

  • weight loss
  • tiredness and fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • night sweat
  • chills
  • loss of appetite.

 Symptoms specific to the lungs include coughing that lasts for 3 or more weeks

  • coughing up blood
  • chest pain
  • pain with breathing or coughing