If you have latent tuberculosis
, the bacteria remain in your body in an inactive state and cause no symptoms. It is not contagious.
Signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis
- Coughing that lasts three or more weeks
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing
- Unintentional weight loss
- Night sweats
- Loss of appetite
Anyone can get tuberculosis, but certain factors can increase your risk of the disease:
- Weakened immune system if you have diseases like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, severe kidney disease, certain cancers, cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, drugs to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, some drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and psoriasis, and malnutrition.
- Traveling or living in certain areas that have high rates of tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis
- Poverty and substance abuse.
- The place you work or live where you will contact with people who might have tuberculosis.