What is Tuberculosis? (Definition)
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease brought on by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. These bacteria usually attack the lungs, but they can also damage other parts of the body including kidneys, spine and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two Tuberculosis-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Tuberculosis is spread through the air by people who have active TB in their lungs through coughing, speaking, or sneezing. These disease is spread when people nearby inhale the bacteria.
Signs and Symptoms of Tuberculosis:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, symptoms of TB in the lungs may include
- A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Coughing up blood or mucus
- Weakness or fatigue
- Night sweats
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