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The month of March is all about Tuberculosis awareness and it’s important to understand TB in order to protect yourself and those around you. South Africa is one of the countries that has a large percentage of TB sufferers along with HIV infection posing many health challenges.
TB is caused by a bacterium that affects the lungs. TB can then go on to affect the spine, kidneys, brain and other organs. TB spreads when a sufferer coughs, sneezes or talks.
For a person to get infected they would have to inhale airborne bacteria. The bacteria the moves to the lungs causing the onset of TB. Not all individuals get sick meaning there is latent TB Infection and Active TB disease.
Latent TB: the patient tests positive for TB but has no symptoms
Active TB: the patient shows signs of the illness.
We hope this has helped you to understand TB a little better. If you are worried about yourself or someone close to you, contact your GP right away.