Listen to Thomas story about being diagnosed with TB, and ask yourself, should I get tested?
"Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection (LTBI) and TB disease. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
how does tb spreads?
TB bacteria are spread through the air from one person to another.
what are the signs and symptoms?
According to the CDC, TB disease in the lungs may cause symptoms such as
a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
pain in the chest
coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
weakness or fatigue
sweating at night
What are the risk factors?
Generally, persons at high risk for developing TB disease fall into two categories:
Persons who have been recently infected with TB bacteria
Persons with medical conditions that weaken the immune system
Preventing Latent TB Infection from Progressing to TB Disease?
If you have latent TB infection and you are in a high-risk group, you should take medicine to keep from developing TB disease.
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Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention
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