Home > Medical > Tuberculosis The cold, hard fight against TB in SA One of the worst features of TB is that it hits the poor especially hard. The government, SANTA and Living Hope, a multi-disciplined healthcare NGO in Cape Town, are doing their utmost to combat the disease. Treatable TB meningitis disables too many SA children Children admitted to Tygerberg Children's Hospital with TB meningitis are often admitted too late to change their condition. While they are likely to survive, their chances of a normal, healthy life are dashed. Can animals and food give you TB? Animal TB poses a greater threat to human health and the economy than previously thought. A new study calls for action. Latest in Tuberculosis SA researchers find urine test better for rapid TB testing On World TB Day a UCT study reveals that a simple and inexpensive urine test can more quickly and efficiently detect TB in hospitalised patients with HIV. TB patients dying without dignity as drug resistance soars As people around the globe are commemorating World TB day today, South Africans in particular should be concerned, as drug resistant TB is growing in sub-Saharan Africa. SHOCKING: Several TB strains now incurable, say local researchers The rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis has taken a new, horrifying turn. Indian court orders daily TB treatment for millions Tuberculosis patients in India will now receive daily treatment after activists claimed that current dosing practice was endangering lives. load more Your Tuberculosis Guide Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease that usually affects the lungs. TB is mainly spread when someone with TB coughs or sneezes, and someone else breaths in the air-borne bacteria. A person can be infected with the TB organism for years without getting sick or spreading it on to others, but when their immune system weakens for some reason, TB infection can develop into active disease. Symptoms of TB include a persistent cough, weight loss, appetite loss and constant fatigue. TB can be cured, but requires rigorous unbroken treatment that lasts for six months – failure to complete the treatment regimen can result in the emergence of drug-resistant strains of TB. As TB is a common opportunistic infection ailing people with HIV, South Africa has a particularly high burden of TB due to its high prevalence of HIV. Learn more about TB types, causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention here. What is extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB)? What is multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)? Risk factors for developing tuberculosis (TB) How TB progresses How can tuberculosis be prevented? Treating tuberculosis Diagnosing tuberculosis Symptoms of tuberculosis What causes tuberculosis? What is tuberculosis?