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is tb of the spine contagious

A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Not: Necessarily. It means that your sputum is no longer acid fast bacteria positive making it unlikely that your are infectious but not 100%

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Only active TB is contagious.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Latent TB is exactly what it sounds like, latent. The body has sequestered the TB away in granulomas, and treatment is to eradicate the TB so that it ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Henry Selke
15 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: Tb is spread through the air from person to person when a person with TB in the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks and another person breaths in ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Tuberculosis: They can be for the first few weeks, but they generally stop being contagious after an average of 2 weeks on therapy.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: No. People with latent TB aren't sick and they aren't coughing up TB bacteria.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Complicated question: Tb is mycobacterium tuberculosis. There are more than sever related mycobacterium species though. It is contagious..Very in fact if you have active ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Any: If he has an active disease, he is likely contagious. Even if he has little symptoms, one cannot be sure that the disease cannot be transmitted to ano ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Michaelson
28 years experience Pulmonology
If sputum infected: Tb remains contagious as long as you are coughing up sputum that still contains the bacteria. This can go on despite being medicated as it can weeks t ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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No...: But the reason for which you got ocular TB may infectious.
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