TB is an infectious disease caused by mycobacterium Tuberculosis that generally affects the lungs.
TYPES OF TUBERCULOSIS
Active TB is an illness in which the TB bacteria are rapidly
multiplying and invading different organs ofthe body. The typical
symptoms of active TB variably include cough, chest pain,
weakness, weightloss, fever, chills and sweating at night. A person
with active pulmonary TB disease may spread TB to others by
airborne transmission of infectious particles coughed into the air.
Miliary TB is a rare form of active disease that occurs when TB
bacteria find their way into the bloodstream. In this form,the
bacteria quickly spread all overthe body in tiny nodules and affect
multiple organs at once. This form of TB can be rapidly fatal.
Latenttuberculosis (LTB), also called latenttuberculosis
infection (LTBI)is when a person is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but does not have active tuberculosis.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- Feeling sick or weak
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Chills, fevers and night sweats
- Sever cough that lasts for 3 weeks or more
- Chest Pains
- Coughing up blood