World Tuberculosis Day 24 March 2015 Print

Tuesday 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day

 

World Tuberculosis Day aims to raise awareness of Tuberculosis (TB).  Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection which can be caught by inhaling the tiny droplets emitted by other infected peoples coughs and sneezes.

 

It is a serious condition but can be cured with proper treatment, usually a course of antibiotics for about 6 months although TB is resistant to some antibiotics.  It is not common in the UK, largely due to the introduction of the BCG vaccination, but has seen a gradual increase here in the last 20 years.  This, in part, is due to people from other countries where TB is more common, in particular Africa and South East Asia.  In 2013 approximately 8000 cases of TB were reported in the UK and over 5000 of those infected were born abroad.

 

You should make an appointment to see your doctor if you have a persistent cough lasting more than 3 weeks of if you cough up blood.