What is TB and where can I get treatment?

TB is an infectious but curable disease that is caused by a germ that attacks and damages the lungs. It can be easily passed to others through coughing or sneezing. TB usually infects the lungs, but can also infect other parts of the body such as the brain, heart, kidneys, abdomen, larynx, bones, lymph nodes and spine.

You can get free testing at your nearest clinic. Testing for adults is done by taking two sputum samples and the results are normally available after two to three days.

Testing for children is done using skin tests and chest X-rays.

TB treatment is free at clinics. It is important to remember that TB can only be cured if the full course of treatment, which can be from six to eight months, is completed.

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