Tuberculosis By: Isaac Rivera

Definition

Tuberculosis is a dangerous bacterial infection that attacks the lungs.

Causes

The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include: A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer Pain in your chest. Coughing up blood or mucus. Feeling weak or very tired. Unexplained weight loss. Chills. Fever. Sweating at night. Having no appetite.

Treatments

isoniazid (INH), rifampin (RIF), ethambutol (EMB), pyrazinamide (PZA)

Preventions

Do not spend long periods of time in stuffy, enclosed rooms with anyone who has active TB until that person has been treated for at least 2 weeks. Use protective measures, such as face masks, if you work in a facility that cares for people who have untreated TB.

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