According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, each year, 8 million people worldwide develop active tuberculosis and nearly 2 million die. Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is spread through the air and usually infects the lungs, although other organs and parts of the body can be involved as well. Most people who are infected with tuberculosis harbor the tuberculosis bacterium without tuberculosis symptoms. This is known as latent tuberculosis.
In more than 90 percent of patients, tuberculosis can be cured with appropriate treatment. Treatment for tuberculosis usually combines several different antibiotic drugs that are given for at least six months, sometimes for as long as 12 months.
Welcome to the Tuberculosis Health Channel by eMedTV. On this channel, you will find a wealth of information on the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with TB and have questions about spreading the disease to others, or you want to know more about the history of tuberculosis, this channel has the information you need.
Many people begin their eMedTV tuberculosis experience by clicking on any of the featured tuberculosis articles located on this page. They may also begin by using the tuberculosis health topics section on the left side to find a particular topic of interest. If you do not find the tuberculosis information that you are looking for in these two locations, use the search box at the top of this page.
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