Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.
It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, including the tummy (abdomen) glands, bones and nervous system.
Symptoms of TB
Bristol Community Health
A nurse-led support, care and information service for patients with TB is provided by Bristol Community Health. The team has specialist skills in supporting those from migrant communities, providing outreach and support to people with active or latent TB in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
It also arranges identification and screening for people who’ve been exposed to the disease.
Strategy for TB
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is a key partner in the strategy to tackle Tuberculosis (TB) across our area. Whilst there are proportionally low rates in the overall population, compared to global figures, incidents of TB are on the rise in Bristol.
As part of the NHS 5 year forward view, a targeted approach is being taken to treat TB and raise awareness in communities that are more likely to be affected – TB is not just an illness that affects those with respiratory conditions or the elderly, but also impacts people in their twenties.