People are being urged to be aware of the symptoms of tuberculosis as World TB Day is marked on Saturday (24 March, 2018).

TB is an infectious illness and can cause serious health problems - particularly if it is not caught early. It is preventable and curable but still kills 3 people around the globe every minute.

World TB Day aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease. They include having a cough for 3 weeks or more, weight loss, fever, night sweats, tiredness and a loss of appetite.

Anyone who is concerned they may have TB or have been exposed to it should seek medical help as soon as possible.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Sadly TB is a disease which, despite being curable, continues to infect and kill people in much of the world.

"It is important that, as we mark World TB Day, people familiarise themselves with the symptoms of tuberculosis and seek help as soon as possible if they, or someone they know, needs it."

World TB Day is held annually on 24 March, the day in 1882 on which Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacteria that causes TB. His ground breaking research opened the way toward diagnosing and curing the disease.

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  • released: Tuesday 20 March, 2018