World TB day is on the 24th of March annually. It is a day to raise public awareness about the health, social and economic consequences of TB. It is also to set up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The theme for 2019 World TB Day is: “It’s Time…to keep the promises made at the UN High-Level Meeting on TB …for a world without TB …to treat 40 million people affected by TB by 2022… and to know your TB status.”

What is TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease. It affects mainly the lungs, by destroying parts of the lung, making it hard to breath. There are two types of TB: Latent TB and Active TB. Latent TB is when you have the germs in your body, but your immune system has stopped them from spreading. Active TB is when the germs are multiplying and affecting your body. This is also the contagious type of TB.

What are the symptoms of TB?

For latent TB there are no symptoms. Therefore, it can only be picked up in skin or blood tests. Take a look at the symptoms for Active TB in the list below:

Coughing

Chest Pain

Coughing up blood

Lethargic all the the time

Night Sweats

Fever

Chills

It is important if you notice that you have any of these symptoms to seek medical attention.

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