We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
If left untreated, TB is a life-threatening illness. Even delays in treatment can have a devastating impact on an affected individual’s health. But TB is curable with antibiotics. The sooner TB is diagnosed and treated the better. TB treatment also prevents people with infectious TB passing it on to others.
A person with untreated infectious TB passes the illness on to 10-15 other people, on average, each year without knowing.
The majority of people who breathe in TB bacteria do not become unwell. Their immune systems are strong enough to clear TB completely, or hold it in a latent – or dormant – state. Latent TB can become active, making someone ill, if their immune system later becomes compromised. However, a person with latent TB cannot pass TB on to others.