National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable infectious disease that is usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The infection is spread through the inhalation of cough droplets from a person infected with active TB.

The incidence of TB in the UK remains high compared with many other western European countries. Many cases of TB can be prevented by public health measures, and when clinical disease does occur, most people can be cured if treated properly.

This Guidelines summary focusses on the prevention of TB and covers topics including raising and sustaining awareness of TB, and BCG vaccination.

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