How common is tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is extremely common worldwide, but not in the United States. Experts suspect one out of every three people in the world is infected with TB. Over 95% of deaths from TB occur in developing countries. Worldwide, the number of TB cases and deaths are slowly declining. Since 1992, the number of TB cases reported yearly in the United States has decreased. Most of the TB patients in the United States were born in other countries, where TB is more common.

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Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs that can be spread through the air when a person speaks, coughs or sneezes. Also known as TB, symptoms of tuberculosis include fever, fatigue, chest pain and a s...

evere, chronic cough. There are different types of TB, including active tuberculosis, and meningeal and milary TB, and doctors can screen for each of these types using the tuberculin skin test or the Mantoux test. Treatment of tuberculosis usually involves several types of antibiotics, and in rare cases, surgery.
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