Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that primarily affects your lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from person to person through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.
Tuberculosis was once rare in developed countries, but
the number of TB cases began increasing in 1985. Part of the increase
was caused by the emergence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV
weakens a person's immune system so it can't fight the TB germs.
Many strains of tuberculosis can resist the effects of the drugs most
commonly used to treat the disease. People who have active tuberculosis
must take several different types of medications together for many
months to eradicate the infection and prevent development of antibiotic