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Anyone can get TB, but certain people are at higher risk, including:

  • People who live with individuals who have an active TB infection.
  • Poor or homeless people.
  • Foreign-born people from countries that have a high prevalence of TB.
  • Nursing home residents and prison inmates.
  • Alcoholics and intravenous drug users.
  • People with diabetes, certain cancers, and HIV infection (the AIDS virus).
  • Health care workers.

There is no strong evidence for a genetically determined (inherited) susceptibility for TB.

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