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Symptoms of TB: Coughing

Codes and Frequencies

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TBSYMPCOF indicates whether the woman reported, in response to an open-ended question, that coughing was a symptom of tuberculosis. The similar variables TBSYMPCOFLNG and TBSYMPCOFSPU refer to persistent cough and coughing with sputum, respectively, as symptoms of tuberculosis.


TBSYMPCOF has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

TBSYMPCOF, and other responses on signs or symptoms of tuberculosis, are part of a country-specific question not included on the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Lesotho 2004: All women age 15-49.
  • Lesotho 2009: All women age 15-49.
  • Lesotho 2014: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2008: All women age 15-49.
  • Lesotho: 2004-C, 2004-B, 2004-W, 2009-W, 2009-C, 2009-B, 2009-W, 2014-W, 2014-B, 2014-C, 2014-W
  • Nigeria: 2008-W, 2008-B, 2008-C, 2008-W