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Tuberculosis (TB)

World TB Day - March 24th

Unite to End TB

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease spread by tiny germs that can float in the air. TB germs can spread when a person with TB coughs, shouts or sneezes. People nearby can breathe TB germs into their lungs.


Did You Know?

About one third of the world’s population (more than 2 billion people) are infected with TB

  • TB ranks one of the top 10 causes of death in the world

The Good News:

  • Canada has one of the lowest rates of TB in the world
  • TB rates in Canada have remained stable
  • TB is preventable, treatable and curable

Groups at High Risk for Tuberculosis

  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone who is sick with TB of the lungs
  • Anyone who has lived or visited areas of the world where TB is common eg. Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and the Caribbean
  • Anyone who previously had TB disease but received no treatment or was not properly treated
  • Aboriginal communities
  • People who are homeless or living in shelters
  • People with medical conditions that put them at risk e.g., diabetes, certain cancers, HIV
  • Injection drug users
  • Residents of long-term care and correctional facilities
  • Health care workers

Treatment for TB is available FREE from Durham Region Health Department


For more information call Durham Health Connection Line
905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729