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Mother and daughter looking at laptop computerTuberculosis (TB) disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States. Starting in the 1940s, scientists discovered the first of several medicines now used to treat TB. As a result, TB slowly began to decrease in the United States. But in the 1970s and early 1980s, the country let its guard down and TB control efforts were neglected. As a result, between 1985 and 1992, the number of TB cases increased. However, with increased funding and attention to the TB problem, we have had a steady decline in the number of persons with TB since 1992. But TB is still a problem; more than 13,000 cases were reported in 2007 in the United States.

Take this quiz to see how much you know about tuberculosis (TB). Read the following statements and decide if they are TRUE or FALSE. Click on your choice.

1. TB is caused by germs called bacteria.

2. TB is spread from one person to another through the air.

3. Everyone should get tested for TB.

4. Everyone who gets infected with TB bacteria will get sick.

5. Some people can get TB disease easier than others.

6. TB disease can be cured.

7. TB can affect other parts of the body besides the lungs.

8. TB infection and TB disease are the same.

9. TB bacteria have a hard time living in fresh air and sunlight.

10. If you have TB infection you may have to take medicine, even if you don’t feel sick.


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More TB information

Want more information about TB? Check out CDC’s TB website.

If you have a general question about TB, you may call CDC INFO at (1-800) 232-4636 or e-mail CDC-INFO at
For patients or the general public seeking information specific to TB medical care, or health care providers seeking medical consultation, we recommend that you call the TB program in your state. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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