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Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a serious disease. TB is caused by bacteria that spread through the air when a person with contagious TB coughs, sneezes, sings, or talks. TB usually affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body like glands, bones, joints, kidneys, the brain, and reproductive organs.
For more information on TB, including testing and home isolation, see HealthLinkBC File #51a Tuberculosis (TB), HealthLinkBC File #51b Sputum Testing for Tuberculosis (TB), and HealthLinkBC File #51c Home Isolation for Tuberculosis (TB). For more information about TB, including information about TB clinics and programs, visit BC Centre for Disease Control – Tuberculosis.
Current as of: September 8, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology & W. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease