TB is a bacterial infection primarily affecting, but not limited to, the lungs.

  • Over 1/3 of the world’s population has TB
  • Respiratory symptoms include feeling unwell, nightsweats, cough and blood stained phlegm
  • Spread by droplet, ie sneezing in confined spaces such as public transport and in unpasturised dairy products
  • A Mantoux test can determine if a traveller has been exposed to the bacteria
  • A newer “Quantiferon” blood test will help detect active disease
  • BCG vaccination is available at selected clinics
  • TB can usually be cured by a long course of antibiotics

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