Tuberculosis with persistent cough and generalized weakness
Hi, I am a music practitioner. I am staying in Mumbai alone. Recently my house help started taking leave very frequently. I asked her today and came to know that her son is suffering from tuberculosis with persistent cough and generalized weakness. I would like to know about TB and its causes. Does it spread from a patient to others? Is it curable?
@Pinaki Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a type of bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It's spread when a person with active TB disease in their lungs coughs or sneezes and someone else inhales the expelled droplets, which contain TB bacteria. Although TB is spread in a similar way to a cold or flu, it is not as contagious. You would have to spend prolonged periods (several hours) in close contact with an infected person to catch the infection yourself. For example, TB infections usually spread between family members who live in the same house. It would be highly unlikely for you to become infected by sitting next to an infected person on, for instance, a bus or train. Not everyone with TB is infectious. Children with TB or people with a TB infection that occurs outside the lungs (extrapulmonary TB) do not spread the infection.