Here in the United States we don't hear too much about Tuberculosis any more, but Tuberculosis still kills over 1 million people a year. Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious disease that is spread from person to person by a person who has the disease when he or she coughs, sneezes, spits, or even shouts. Tuberculosis is often located in the lungs but can spread other parts of the body.
A 1963 photograph taken by Charles Farmer, of the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of a physician and nurse examine a tuberculosis positive chest x-ray.
A tuberculosis vaccine has been very effective in protecting children from tuberculosis, but is not recommended for general use in the United States because there is some concern when the vaccine is given to people whose immune system has been compromised or damaged by birth, diseases, certain medications, old age, and stress or other conditions.
The symptoms and treatment varies depending on the severity and the type of TB.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the cause of most cases of tuberculosis, but on 10% of people infected with this ever develop the disease although the infections can live format in the body for years.
An explanation of what tuberculosis is, what causes it, how it is spread, how it is detected and treated.
Bacille Calmette Guerin is the current tuberculosis vaccine and is effective in protecting children from tuberculosis, however there is some concern when the vaccine is given to people whose immune system has been compromised or damaged by birth, diseases, certain medications, old age, and stress or other conditions.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Bacille Calmette Guerin is the current tuberculosis vaccine and is effective in protecting children from tuberculosis, but is not recommended for general use in the United States because there is some concern when the vaccine is given to people whose immune system has been compromised or damaged by birth, diseases, certain medications, old age, and stress or other conditions.
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A combination of antibiotic drugs are used to treat TB in the most simple form and are normally given for six to 12 month.
Information about Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB), who is at risk, treatment, complications, and support groups.
Tuberculosis and MDR-TB
People whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV are particularly vulnerable to catching and dying from TB. MDR-TB can be treated and cured. But treatment regimens are complicated, lengthy and expensive.
Latent tuberculosis is not contagious and does not have have symptoms, however if you have active TB you do have symptoms and can spread the disease to others.
The Mayo Clinic has some vital information about protecting yourself and others from TB, plus other information about the causes of tuberculosis, the symptoms, complications, treatment and coping with this disease.
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