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TB

TB typically stands for tuberculosis, which is a potentially serious infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It primarily affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body like the brain, kidneys, or spine. TB spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms of tuberculosis may include a persistent cough that lasts for more than three weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, weakness or fatigue, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. TB can be latent, where the bacteria are present but the person doesn’t feel sick or show symptoms, or it can be active, causing symptoms and sickness.

Treatment for TB usually involves a course of antibiotics taken over several months. It’s important for individuals diagnosed with TB to complete the full course of medication to prevent the development of drug-resistant strains of the bacteria.

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