Tuberculosis is a contagious disease that typically attacks the lungs, but may attack other organs as well, according to testimony from the Ohio State Medical Association.
“TB is an airborne disease, meaning the bacterium spreads through the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or speaks,” according to written testimony by Monica Hueckel and Joe Rosato, of the OSMA.
They say a person may have either a latent or active TB infection. In latent TB, the individual is asymptomatic and cannot spread TB to others, but can develop active TB without treatment. With active TB, symptoms include weight loss, cough, or fever, and is contagious.