Tuberculosis or TB, as it’s commonly called - is a contagious infection that usually attacks the lungs. It can also spread to other parts of the body, like the brain and spine. A type of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes it. Latent TB is when you have the germs in your body, but your immune system stops them from spreading. That means you don’t have any symptoms and you’re not contagious. But the infection is still alive in your body and can one day become active. Active TB means the germs multiply and can make you sick. You can spread the disease to others. Ninety percent of adult cases of active TB are from the reactivation of a latent TB infection. TB is actually the leading cause of death for individuals who have HIV.
- Track 1-1 Mycobacterium tuberculosis Bacterium
- Track 2-2 Latent TB
- Track 3-3 Active TB
- Track 4-4 PPD tuberculin
- Track 5-5 Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis
- Track 6-6 Directly observed therapy (DOT)