11 Signs of Tuberculosis You Shouldn’t Ignore

Risk factors for TB

People who have been recently infected and those with underlying medical conditions that weaken the immune system are at a greater risk for tuberculosis. Doctors pay special attention to those who fall into certain categories:

  • Friends and family members of a person who has been diagnosed with active TB
  • Children younger than 5 years who have tested positive, even if the infection is latent
  • People who fall into certain high-risk groups, including IV drug users, people with HIV, and homeless persons
  • Those who recently immigrated from a region with a high rate of tuberculosis, including some countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia
  • Professionals who work with people who have TB or are at a higher risk for it
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