Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is a bacterial infection that can spread through the lymph nodes and bloodstream to any organ in your body mostly lungs.
During the past 10 years, TB reports in the Netherlands declined among the Dutch (from 693 in 1993 to 531 in 2002) and remained approximately stable among the non-Dutch Treatment of TB uses antibiotics to kill the bacteria.
Effective TB treatment is difficult, due to the unusual structure and chemical composition of the mycobacterial cell wall.
A number of medications are being studied for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. The safety and effectiveness of these new agents are still uncertain since they are result of limited studies.