Facts about TB (Tuberculosis)
- TB is a disease spread by germs in the air
- It is spread by an infected person with TB of the lungs or throat coughing, sneezing, speaking or singing
- It can infect the lungs as well as other parts of the body such as spine, kidneys or brain
- In most cases it can be cured if treated
The symptoms of TB are:
- A cough for two weeks or more
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness and muscle weakness
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pains
If you are worried that you or someone you know may have contracted TB, your nearest clinic will do a free test. If diagnosed as having TB, free medication is given straight away. It is very important to finish the course of medication even if the patient starts to feel better, so that they can avoid Multi-Drug Resistant TB.
Watch this short video put together by Lancet Laboratories for World TB Day.
Information sourced from the Department of Health. For more information contact the National TB Control Program on 012 312 0089.
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