World TB Day March 24 2020

World TB Day March 2020

24 March: World Tuberculosis Day

TB Day March 2020 creates public awareness that Tuberculosis (TB) still remains a rampant epidemic in much of the world. Second to HIV/Aids TB is one of the biggest killers of millions of people each year. TB continues to be the single largest contributor to death in South Africa with over 300 000 new cases recorded every year.

TB Day March 2020 | WHAT IS TB?

  • It is an infectious but CURABLE airborne disease caused by a germ which attacks and damages the lungs.
  • It is passed easily to others through coughing or sneezing.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Persistent coughing, night sweats, tiredness, weight loss.
  • Coughing up blood or sputum.

WHEN SHOULD YOU BE TESTED?

  • If you think that you have TB.
  • If you have spent significant time with a person who has TB, or is suspected to have TB.

HOW IS TB TREATED?

  • Persistent coughing, night sweats, tiredness, weight loss.
  • Coughing up blood or sputum.

WHEN SHOULD YOU GET TESTED?

  • If you think that you have TB.
  • If you have spent significant time with a person who has TB, or is suspected to have TB.

HOW IS TB TREATED?

  • Treatment is free at government clinics.
  • TB is covered by medical aids under PMB treatment.
  • The full course of treatment must be followed and completed.
  • The medication can have side-effects which could include nausea, rashes and vomiting.
  • Multi-drug resistant TB is harder to treat, and uses different medication.

TB FACTS

  • TB is hereditary. TB is not hereditary.
  • TB is not easily contracted.
  • TB can affect any organ.
  • TB is curable.
  • TB treatment must be completed.

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World TB Day March 2020

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