The most common symptoms of tb are coughing that lasts at least 3 weeks, severe pain in the chest, and coughing up blood our mucus. Some other symptoms are weakness, weight loss, no appetite, fever, chills, and sweating at night.
What does is affect?
Tb affects the immune system and the respiratory system. Tb bacteria is activated if the immune system can no longer fight it off. The bacteria attacks the lungs which is what causes the coughing.
Is it lethal?
Tb is curable but in some cases it is lethal. For people who have tb and the HIV infection it is common for them to die. It is the leading cause of death for people with the HIV infection.
Chronic or Acute?
Tb can sometimes be chronic. There is a 50% chance for it to be chronic if you do not treat it properly.
The ways you can treat this disease are by taking antibiotic but if you don't take the antibiotics the right way the bacteria can become immune to the antibiotic. If you stop taking the antibiotic to soon then the bacteria can become reactivated and you will become sick again.
Affecting on the world today
Many people are still affected by Tb today. Although it is preventable anyone can get it. Also medical attempts to treat Latent Tb infection, which is when the bacteria is not active, are not sufficient. The place where tb is most common is in southeast Asia.