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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

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.
  • What is tuberculosis?
  • What causes TB?
  • Which children are at risk for TB?
  • What are the symptoms of TB?
  • How is TB diagnosed?
  • How is TB treated in my child?
  • How can I help prevent TB?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?