Home > Medical > Tuberculosis The forgotten killers: Covid-19 destroying gains made in the fight against malaria, TB Disruptions in prevention schemes and treatment for other diseases, like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV, might leave more scars than Covid-19. Common contraceptive could raise TB risk, study finds Researchers from the University of Cape Town have found that the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera could potentially increase women's risk of contracting TB. The importance of TB treatment during pregnancy Untreated tuberculosis during pregnancy poses a significant threat to both mother and child. Latest in Tuberculosis In-depth: The slow-motion race for a TB vaccine While a Covid-19 vaccine proven to be safe and effective may be less than a year away, a new tuberculosis vaccine might only be ready to be rolled out in a decade. WHO estimates 20% more TB cases in SA than previously thought Around 20% more people are falling ill with tuberculosis in South Africa, than previously thought. This emerged from new estimates contained in the 2020 WHO World TB Report. The forgotten killers: Covid-19 destroying gains made in the fight against malaria, TB Disruptions in prevention schemes and treatment for other diseases, like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV, might leave more scars than Covid-19. UCT researchers are finding ‘missing’ TB patients with new, improved technology Targeted interventions need to be shifted to patients with minimal TB symptoms in vulnerable communities, SA researchers say in a new study. 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?