Tuberculosis Evan Lueckhoff

What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. A person with this disease coughs up blood and sneezes. This disease mainly affects the lungs and is passed by tiny droplets in the air via coughs and sneezes.

Coughing and sneezing because of tuberculosis

What are the Main causes of tuberculosis?

The main cause of tuberculosis is when a person with this disease coughs or sneezes these tiny microscopic droplets release into the air and when another person breathes in that air, they might or will get TB. This disease is not easy to catch, you are more likely to get TB from a family member than a stranger. So try not to go in the same room or house with someone who has TB.

This is one way that TB is spread

Symptoms of Tuberculosis

Some symptoms are tuberculosis are coughing up blood, chest pains, fever, chills, loss of appetite and coughing that lasts for about 3 weeks

Prevention

So if you can prevent your latent tuberculosis from becoming active, you won't pass tuberculosis to anyone else

Treatments

-Must take antibiotics for at least six to nine months, Some common medications include:Isoniazid, Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane), Ethambutol (Myambutol), Pyrazinamide

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