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Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by the slow-growing bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is most often found in the lung. If you are infected with active TB, it is easy to spread the disease to others by their inhalation of the bacteria that you breath out when you cough, sneeze, or laugh.
Treatment is often a success, but TB can sometimes damage your lungs or other organs, and can be deadly if not treated. One of the critical points for overcoming the illness is how early the specific treatment starts. If you have a cough for more than 2 weeks, please see the doctor without delay.
Symptoms of active TB may include: cough with thick, cloudy, and sometimes bloody sputum for more 2 weeks; tiredness and weight loss; night sweats and fever; shortness of breath and chest pain.
Particularly be aware that the early symptoms of TB are sometimes just like a common cold. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a Public Health and Welfare Office. They can provide you with several services, including consultations, health checks, or partial subsidies.
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