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how does tuberculosis spread?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Airborne: When people who have active tuberculosis in the lung cough, thousands to hundreds of thousands of TB causing bacteria become airborne. People in close proximity will inhale the bacteria and thus get the disease.
Answered on Aug 18, 2017
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Cough: Cough aerosolizes TB bacilli and other people can inhale it.
Answered on Oct 3, 2015

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