Prevention Week (24-30 September)
Every year in Japan, roughly 15,000 people catch the disease and about 2,000 people die from it. Also, every year over 1,000 people born outside of Japan catch the illness and the number is rising amongst younger ages.
Initial symptoms of tuberculosis include coughing, phlegm, slight fever, chest pain and fatigue. If the cough continues for more than 2 weeks, it is important to have it checked at a medical institution. Early detection not only prevents the illness from getting worse for the patient but also prevents the illness from spreading.
In Sakai City, persons at the age of 40 and over can receive tuberculosis screening for free once a year. For time and place, please see below for the list (Japanese only).
April to August
September to March