Other Names for this Disease
- Kochs disease
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious and often severe airborne disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). TB typically affects the lungs, but it also can affect any other organ of the body. It is estimated that more than one-third of the world’s population has Mtb infection; however, only one in ten people infected with TB bacteria develop active TB disease. Early symptoms of active TB can include weight loss, fever, night sweats, and loss of appetite. Symptoms involving areas other than the lungs vary, depending upon the organ or area affected. It is usually treated with a regimen of drugs taken for 6 months to 2 years depending on the type of infection, and can be cured in most people.
Last updated: 5/13/2011
- Understanding Tuberculosis. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. August 6, 2009; http://www.niaid.nih.gov/TOPICS/TUBERCULOSIS/UNDERSTANDING/Pages/Default.aspx. Accessed 5/13/2011.
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