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Indiana State Department of Health

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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
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The germs reach your lungs.
From there they can go to other parts of your body.

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Your body fights the TB germ.

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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

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You can take medicine to keep you from getting active TB.

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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.

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You need to take your medicine to help you get better
and prevent spreading the TB germs to others.