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Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria that grow best in areas of the body that have an abundance blood and oxygen. For that reason it is most often found in the lungs . This is called respiratory TB. TB can also spread to other parts of the body, and this is called non-respiratory TB. Treatment is often a success, but it is a long process that takes about 6 to 9 months of treatment with anti-TB medications. When symptoms of respiratory TB occur, they may include: cough (usually coughing up mucus); coughing up blood; excessive sweating, especially at night; fatigue; fever; unintentional weight loss.  If any of these symptoms occur, contact your health care professional, or TB Control at 604-707-2692.
Last Updated: December 3, 2014