Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that claims many lives every year, in South Africa and Worldwide. TB is still a major cause of death around the world, despite it being treatable.

What is Tuberculosis?

TB is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Myobacterium tuberculosis. While most of us are aware that the disease attacks the lungs, it can attack almost every part of the body. TB is transmitted from person to person in the air, very often via coughing or sneezing.

Tuberculosis Signs and Symptoms

  • A cough lasting more than 3 weeks
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Night sweats
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight Loss

Tuberculosis during COVID-19

While experience on COVD-19 infection in TB patients are limited, people will be ill with both TB and COVID-19. TB patients should take precautions as advised by health authorities to be protected from COVID-19 and continue their TB treatment as prescribed.