Is tuberculosis fatal?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. People infected with TB bacteria who are not sick may still need treatment to prevent TB disease from developing in the future.
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How do you catch TB from another person?

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released into the air. This can happen when someone with the untreated, active form of tuberculosis coughs, speaks, sneezes, spits, laughs or sings. Although tuberculosis is contagious, it's not easy to catch.
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  • Is tuberculosis of the spine curable?

    Spine TB is a curable condition and all complications can be prevented, provided the disease is diagnosed at an early stage and the patient takes regular supervised course of medications. If required, surgical intervention is necessary to prevent or treat the complications at the earliest stage.
  • How easy is it to catch TB?

    Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released into the air. This can happen when someone with the untreated, active form of tuberculosis coughs, speaks, sneezes, spits, laughs or sings. Although tuberculosis is contagious, it's not easy to catch.

Updated: 24th October 2018

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