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TB is spread when a person with active TB coughs, sneezes, sings,
or speaks and you breathe the air contaminated with TB germs.
The germs reach your lungs.
From there they can go to other parts of your body.
Your body fights the TB germ.
Usually the germs become inactive in your body.
This is called latent TB INFECTION.
You have a positive skin test
You don't feel sick
You can't give TB to others
You can take medicine to keep you from getting active TB.
If you don't take medicine, the TB germs may become active
and attack your lungs and other parts of your body.
This is called TB DISEASE.
You feel sick with fever, weight loss or cough.
You have active TB germs in your body.
You may give TB to others.
You need to take your medicine to help you get better
and prevent spreading the TB germs to others.