Tuberculosis Amanda K. & Alexis w.

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis if obtained, can severely affect your lungs and other vital organs.

Causes of Tuberculosis

TB is spread when a person with the active disease is in their lungs they will either cough or sneeze (releasing the bacteria) if someone inhales the droplets they will be at risk for getting TB.

Tuberculosis is not spread by:

  • Shaking hands
  • Kissing
  • Sharing food or drink
  • Holding hands

Symptoms

  • Pain in the chest areas
  • Coughing may be chronic or with blood
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of muscle
  • Phlegm
  • Shortness of breath

TREATMENT

Antibiotics to stop the spread of the bacteria in the lungs.

Prevention

Helping the person with tuberculosis get proper treatment and stay away from the people that are infected. Or get a shot to prevent getting infected.

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