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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

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


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Where is the most likely place for me to catch tuberculosis?

Where is the most likely place for me to catch tuberculosis?

High density environ: Tb is commonly contracted in high density living situations. Homes where 3-5 families living in one house is an example of this situation. ...Read more

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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 more

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Can you die from tuberculosis?

Can you die from tuberculosis?

Yes: If untreated, tuberculosis can progress and kill. There are good treatments for TB , and in most cases is ...Read more

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How is tuberculosis usually treated?

How is tuberculosis usually treated?

Antibiotics: While it depends on the type and site of the tuberculosis (TB) infection, TB is generally treated with a combination of 3 or 4 antibiotics. The antibiotics are used for 6-9 months, and sometimes longer depending on the nature of the infection. Tb is a notoriously slow dividing bacteria, and this slow growth is the reason it takes so long for a TB infection to be treated. ...Read more

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I live in a rural part of the country. Am I more susceptible to tuberculosis?

I live in a rural part of the country.  Am I more susceptible to tuberculosis?

No: To the contrary, you are probably less likely to get it since there isn't as much crowding as in urban areas. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't take your full tuberculosis pills ?

What happens if you don't take your full tuberculosis pills ?

Continued infection: You will not have a cure or will have a partial cure and the infections can recurr soon or down the road when you least expect it. You can infect others and spread the infections and you can create resistance by not totally erradicating the TB bug. This is not right for you and certainly not right or fair for those who come in contact with you. Be ressponsible and do the right thing! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for tuberculosis?

What are the symptoms for tuberculosis?

Varies: Symptoms include cough [with mucus, blood], excessive night sweating, fatigue, fever, and unintentional weight loss. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to tb, see your physician for testing. ...Read more

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How does someone know if they have tuberculosis?

How does someone know if they have tuberculosis?

See your doctor: Symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis include fever, night sweats, cough, and weight loss. Your doctor can place a skin test, get a chest x-ray, and get sputum cultures if s/he suspects tuberculosis. ...Read more

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What happens if you have tuberculosis?

Its depends: Two types of tuberculosis (TB) exist. Each requires a specialist. Active TB often leads to fevers, cough, weight loss, weakness & night sweats. This type of TB is serious, highly contagious & requires several antibiotics to be taken for months. Fortunately active TB is a rare infection in the USA. Latent TB is more common, causes no symptoms, but it still requires an antibiotic for 6 to 9 months. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

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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