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What are some of the symptom of TB in children?

For children under five years of age, if you see these symptoms, have them tested for TB immediately: sudden loss of appetite or interest in breast-feeding, rapid weight loss, fevers for two weeks or more, loss of consciousness, drowsiness and/or excessive sleepiness.

The immune system of children under the age of five is less developed, placing them at high risk of TB infection and disease. Children under the age of five in close contact with a person with TB should receive preventive therapy (INH) to prevent the development of TB disease. When a child has TB, it is usually because an adult in the family has TB. Children with HIV are also at high risk.