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Coronavirus Update: What patients and families need to know

Pediatric Tuberculosis

Key Points about Tuberculosis

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is an ongoing (chronic infection) caused by bacteria. It usually infects the lungs. But other organs such as the kidneys, spine or brain may be affected.
  • A child can be infected with TB bacteria and not have active disease.
  • The most common symptoms of active TB include fever, cough, weight loss and chills.
  • TB is diagnosed with a TB skin test.
  • Treatment may include a short-term hospital stay and treated with medicine.
  • TB can be prevented by lowering your child's risk for the disease.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Roberta DeBiasi

Roberta DeBiasi

Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
Co-Director, Congenital Zika Program
Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
Investigator, Children's National Research Institute
Nada Harik

Nada Harik

Director, Fellowship Training Program
Infectious Disease Specialist
Investigator, Children's Research Institute


Infectious Diseases

Our Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious disease in the Washington, D.C., area, helping thousands of patients each year, and actively promoting prevention through community outreach and education.