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What is
tuberculosis?
Here you will find information about
the infectious disease tuberculosis

In Germany, tuberculosis has become a rare disease.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mostly affects the lungs. Not all patients are at risk of infection. Tuberculosis is treated with a combination of drugs. The therapy lasts 6 months and, in most cases, leads to healing. Current figures for Germany on all aspects of tuberculosis can be found at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Tuberculosis was still widespread in Germany until after the 2nd World War. In the post-war years in Germany, it was combated by intensive efforts of the public health service and with the help of the DZK (Tasks and History ).

Currently, media interest in tuberculosis in Germany has increased. This is due, among other things, to tuberculosis diseases have been detected in asylum seekers. Although they are affected somewhat more frequently, the transmission of tuberculosis from asylum seekers or immigrants to the local population remains a rare exception. Tuberculosis is not very contagious. It is therefore not justified to raise fears related to tuberculosis and migration.

Tuberculosis continues to be a rare disease in Germany.

 

Worldwide, it is estimated that one in four people is infected with tuberculosis.

However, only about one in ten people develop a disease after an infection. In 2018, 10 million people contracted tuberculosis, and about 1.5 million people died. Tuberculosis is therefore still one of the 10 most frequent causes of death worldwide.

Frequently asked questions about tuberculosis. (FAQs)

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Interviews with experts and patients.

In the video clips, our experts answer frequently asked questions, and patients tell about their illness in a video interview.
 

What is tuberculosis?
(only available in German)

How can I tell if I have tuberculosis?
(only available in German)
What is the role of the public health institute in protecting against tuberculosis?
(only available in German)
How do you know you have infected somebody?
(only available in German)
Our recommendations for tuberculosis patients
(only available in German)
Our recommendations for relatives of tuberculosis patients
(only available in German)
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