TB is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide.1 1 in 4 people in the world carry the bacteria that causes TB in their body but do not become ill. This is called “latent TB”.1
Risk areas for Tuberculosis
By breathing in droplets from the coughs and sneezes of someone infected with the bacteria that cause the disease.1
You can catch TB almost anywhere (see map), but the majority of new cases are in South-East Asia, the Western Pacific, and Africa.1,2
Symptoms can be mild and last for many months. They include a persistent cough (sometimes with blood), fever, chest pains, night sweats, weight loss.1
TB can generally be cured with antibiotics. If it’s not treated, it may get worse and can be fatal.1 It is particularly serious for people whose immune system is compromised, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes.1
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection:
- Visit your nearest convenient pharmacy or specialist travel health clinic for a risk assessment before your trip
- Ensure that anyone who has been in contact with someone with TB is checked by their doctor, especially children.
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- World Health Organization. Factsheet. Tuberculosis. October 2020. Available online: https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/tuberculosis (Last accessed May 2021)
- World Health Organization. Global Tuberculosis Database. WHO TB Burden Estimates. 2019. Available online: https://www.who.int/tb/country/data/download/en/ (Last accessed May 2021)
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