What is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis – or TB – usually affects the lungs, but it also can damage other parts of the body. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly.

What causes tuberculosis?

A bacteria called mycobacterium causes TB. The disease spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks. If you’ve been exposed, you should go to your doctor for tests.

What are the symptoms of tuberculosis?

  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • A bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Weakness or fatigue

How does Ohio State diagnose tuberculosis?

X-rays, skin and blood tests and other tests can tell you if you have TB. You’re more likely to get TB if you have a weak immune system.

How does Ohio State treat tuberculosis?

Doctors can usually cure active TB by having you take several medicines for a long period of time.

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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