TB is an infectious illness caused by airborne bacteria. It can cause serious health problems – particularly if it is not caught early. But TB is curable, and testing and treatment are free in the UK.
For specific information about TB in the UK, please visit our sister site The Truth About TB.
What is TB?
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB bacteria are released into the air when someone with infectious TB coughs or sneezes.
Global TB challenges
Of the nine million people who become ill with TB every year, three million of them don’t get the care they need.