General Tuberculosis Information

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.


  • CDC's Basic TB Facts webpage
  • Latent TB Infection (LTBI) Factsheet: Designed by MDHHS for patients, this fact sheet explains the difference between TB disease and latent TB infection (LTBI) in simple, non-medical terms
  • Tuberculosis Patient Resource Sheet: This is a list of publicly available resources specifically designed for people looking for more information about TB. These resources were shared by local health departments, state/national, and international organizations.