Protecting your home and community

March 24th is World TB Day

Micrograph of TB bacilliumTuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.


TB is spread through the air from one person to another.


TB is NOT spread by

  • shaking someone’s hand
  • sharing food or drink
  • touching bed linens or toilet seats
  • sharing toothbrushes
  • kissing


Symptoms of TB disease include:

  • a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • pain in the chest
  • coughing up blood or sputum
  • weakness or fatigue
  • weight loss
  • no appetite
  • chills
  • fever
  • sweating at night

photo of positive TB skin test


If you think you’ve been exposed to TB, or have symptoms of the disease, tell your health care professional and find out if you should be tested. For more information go here.


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