More than 95% of TB patients cured

Tuberculosis (TB) is an air-borne disease that can be spread by coughing.

About a third of the world's population is believed to have latent TB.

The risk of it developing into active TB is higher in people with medical conditions such as HIV and diabetes as well as those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms include a persistent cough (lasting three weeks or more), low-grade fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss or chest pains.

TB can be cured with anti-TB drugs taken for six to nine months. More than 95 per cent of patients who take all of their medications are cured, stated a Ministry of Health website.