Tuberculosis - An Old Disease with a New Face

Editorial Supervision: Toru Mori,
Director Emeritus, The Research Institute of Tuberculosis, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association
Executive Representative, Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Japan

Do you think that tuberculosis is "a disease of the past"?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and transferred from person to person. It is now attracting a lot of attention globally.
In particular, the disease is a very serious health problem and an obstacle to growth and development in endemic countries in Africa and Asia. Even in Japan, there are increasing signs of drug-resistant strains of TB, so we can't say that this is someone else's problem. TB is an old disease, but it isn't one that only effects countries in which it is endemic. It is in fact quite close to us here in Japan, so it's is best to learn more about it.

TB symptoms

Early symptoms include coughing/mucus, fevers, etc.
These symptoms will continue for over two weeks, repeatedly improving and then worsening again.

TB examinations

Performed with X-rays, microbiological examinations, etc.

TB treatments

Almost all treatment is medicine based.
If symptoms are severe, or if there are concerns about infecting others, then hospitalization may be required.

Learn more about tuberculosis

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