Web Extra: Tuberculosis Info

Web Extra: Tuberculosis Information

What is tuberculosis?
TB is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs, but can affect other parts of the body. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly.
Symptoms of TB:
A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
Weight loss
Coughing up blood or mucus
Weakness or fatigue
Fever and chills
Night sweats
How it's spread:
TB spreads through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks.
How to Test for TB:
A skin test is the only way to test for TB. It's usually done on the arm and includes a small needle to put testing material under the skin. In two to three days if there is a bump the size of a pencil eraser, you probably have TB.
Treatment:
You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time. People with latent TB can take medicine so that they do not develop active TB.

For more information visit...MedlinePlus...Mayo Clinic...American Lung Association Web sites.