1#. 6 million people die every year from HIV/AIDS, malaria and Tuberculosis; nearly 2 million of those deaths are caused by TB
2#. Tuberculosis has a cure yet #5,000 people die each year from it
3#. Tuberculosis is a disease of poverty as virtually all deaths resulting from it occur in developing countries
4#. 250,000 deaths caused by Tuberculosis occur in HIV patients due to their weakened immune system.
5#. Like the common cold, TB spreads through the air when infectious people cough, spit, talk or sneeze.
6#. Someone gets sick from TB every 4 seconds. Someone dies of TB every 10 seconds.
7#. Left untreated, a person with active TB can infect between 10 and 15 people every year.
#8. TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, that mainly affects the lungs. It can also infect other parts of the body including the kidneys, spine and brain.
#9. Two types of TB exist – Latent TB infection (non-contagious) and TB disease (contagious).
10#. For the latent infection, the person shows no sign of symptoms and may not feel sick.
A skin or blood test will indicate if a person has been infected with the bacteria.
It is not possible to spread the TB bacteria from the infected person to others.
11#. A person infected with TB disease shows signs of symptoms which include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue.
It is possible to spread the TB bacteria from the infected person to others.
Treatment with antibiotics for 4-9 months is required to treat active TB disease.
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