Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection. It may be either active or latent. Active TB infection is most common in the lungs, but it can occur in other places in the body. People with latent TB are infected but do not have the disease.
TB is caused by a specific bacterium. It is easily spread between people. The bacteria travels through the air in droplets from a person with an active TB infection. The droplets are released with coughs, sneezes, or talking. The bacteria in the droplets can be breathed in by other people.
Pathway to the Lungs
is inhaled through the mouth and nose, and travels down into the lungs causing TB.
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