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Symptoms of TB: Persistent cough

Codes and Frequencies

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


Apart from slight differences in question wording, TBSYMPCOFLNG is comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

TBSYMPCOFLNG, and other responses on signs or symptoms of tuberculosis, were part of a country-specific variable not included on the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • Ethiopia 2011: All women age 15-49.
  • Lesotho 2004: All women age 15-49.
  • Lesotho 2009: All women age 15-49.
  • Lesotho 2014: All women age 15-49.
  • Namibia 2013: All women age 15-49.
  • Nepal 2016: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2008: All women age 15-49.
  • Ethiopia: 2011-C, 2011-B, 2011-W, 2011-W
  • Lesotho: 2004-C, 2004-B, 2004-W, 2009-W, 2009-C, 2009-B, 2009-W, 2014-W, 2014-B, 2014-C, 2014-W
  • Namibia: 2013-B, 2013-C, 2013-W, 2013-W
  • Nepal: 2016-W, 2016-B, 2016-C, 2016-W
  • Nigeria: 2008-W, 2008-B, 2008-C, 2008-W