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Mark Agana was healthy, sporty, and never thought of being vulnerable to any medical problems until one day in September 2014 when he felt weak, lost his appetite, and had an unusual hard cough which lasted for a few weeks. At first, he was in denial of suffering from any serious condition until these symptoms took a toll on his overall health.

In March 2013, 24-year old Allen Joshua “AJ” Tortosa was diagnosed with TB. He was a first-year college student then when he started to experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough that lasted for more than two weeks. Later on, the confirmatory results came out that he had Drug Susceptible-TB (DS-TB) infection.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported that although the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases reported in the country in the first three months of 2020 has drastically gone down, this does not necessarily mean good news.

It was in January 2007 when Louie Zepeda-Teng was diagnosed of TB Meningitis, a condition that has since then changed her life forever. TB Meningitis is an offshoot of tuberculosis, an airborne disease that usually affects the lungs. But in Louie’s case, the bacteria had affected her brain.

March 24, 2020, Manila --- Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III today urged Filipinos undergoing treatment for active tuberculosis (TB) disease to get their free medicines, good for one month, instead of going to the health facility for their daily dose of TB medicines.


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