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Is It Possible To Work While You Have Tuberculosis
Not initially: If you have pulmonary tuberculosis, the health department will ask you to remain at home and wear a mask when others are around. Once you start treatment, they will monitor sputum culture. When the smears (microscopic examination of sputum) turn negative, isolation is stopped except if you work in a nursing home or other designated institutions (cultures have to be negative). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is also known as Tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more
I just found out a person with tuberculosis was in contact with me at work. how risky was that interaction? Should I get tested?
Yes: If your colleague has active pulmonary tuberculosis, the health department will do the testing. If he/she has latent tb, you are not at risk and need not be tested. The risk of catching TB depends on factors related to how close a contact you had, for how long, and how advanced the case was when exposed. It is transmitted by airborne droplets. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Two forms: There are 2 TB tests - PPD shot (given in forearm & swelling at that site is measured after 48-72 hours) and a newer blood test (quantiferon) that tests for immune response in blood cells. Both tests assess the response of t lymphocytes to several proteins that are present in the TB bug. Positive test would only mean that you have been exposed to TB bug. More tests are needed for active infection. ...Read more
One of my colleagues is suffering from tuberculosis who work besides me what precautions should I take to avoid being affected from this.
Spread of TB: Is not easy, but can happen with co-workers. If you are concerned see your doctor for a PPD test or preventative medication. http://www.healthunit.org/infectious/tb/tb_spread.htm <a href="http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/tuberculosis/ds00372/dsection=prevention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/tuberculosis/ds00372/dsection=prevention</a>. ...Read more
I work in a school system where a child was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. I haven't had direct contact but what precautions do I take?
Ascertain contagion: First, the child may be a converter (to a + ppd), rather than actually sick with tuberculosis. Second, if it's the latter, was the chest xray remarkable? And unlikely, but was a sputum collection done? The latter two issues speak to the contageousness. Regardless, you've had no direct contact so, not to worry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely.: It really depends on how infectious the patient is and how well the room is ventilated and how long you were in the room. Even under the worst case scenario though, your risk of infection is low. You should know your baseline TB test results (skin test or blood test) and if there is any concern about this being a very infectious case you should be tested now and again in 8 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For TB: Treatment is empiric at first, most commonly using four drugs to avoid the development of resistant organisms. After testing of the bug (which can take 8 weeks), treatment can be narrowed to two drugs to which it is susceptible, but continued for a total of 6 months (at least). Treatment of TB works best when it is administered under direct supervision of a qualified public health official. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spreads via droplets: Tb infection generally spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person which are then inhaled by people around them. Once those who inhaled infected droplets acquire the infection, they can either contain it (develop latent tb) or continue to develop active disease. There is no relation to food for the spread of mycobacterium tuberculosis. ...Read more
Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more
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