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What To Do If Roommate Has Tb
You want to get checked by a doctor. By the way, the health department will check you anyway if your roommate had contagious tb.
By now your roommate should not be dangerous anyway. No reason to be scared at this time. Your tuberculosis screening test should be repeated 12 weeks later.
Good lukc and have a good sleep. ...Read more
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
Get Tested: First, it depends on what you mean by your roommate being positive for tb. Does that mean they have been actually diagnosed, or that their PPD skin test is positive? A positive skin test does not necessarily mean one has tb. However, TB is very contagious, so if you even suspect your roommate has tb, you need to isolate yourself and your children from said roommate and get everyone tested. ...Read more
Regarding tuberculosis my daughter recently moved into a college dorm and her roommate has TB but is medicated. Is she at harm?
Spread by air:
From InteliHealth (AETNA) online: "Study Focuses on Air Flow in Spread of TB
Improving indoor air flow might help reduce the risk of spreading tuberculosis (TB), a new study suggests. The study was done in Cape Town, South Africa. TB is common and increasing in that area. Researchers measured carbon dioxide in the air of Cape Town high schools.. .... ...Read more
Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis (or tb) is an infection that is caused by a slow growing bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It enters the lungs by inhalation of droplets coughed out by an infected person & can cause infection in the lungs initially. It may either remain latent or spread further within the lungs or to other organs as well. Effective treatment is available but requires good compliance. ...Read more
Coughing: The most common way TB is spead by close contact with some with active TB disease. It is often caught by someone coughing and spreading the TB organism in the air which other people inhale into their lungs and contract tb. ...Read more
With antibiotics: Tb is a difficult infection to treat and for many years affected people were sent to live in sanatoria. It took a combination of four antibiotics taken over several months to treat it. After treating the affected individual, tracking the contacts and testing them helps break the chain of transmission. ...Read more
Tough to treat: It means it's not in the latent or dormant stage. It's actively causing an infection in the body, usually the lung but it can occur elsewhere like the kidneys. It's also considered contagious in this active phase and needs several medications to treat it. ...Read more
Depends: If you know or believe that you have been exposed, if you work in certain professions, if you believe you might have the disease or any other valid reason you can get tested. Routine testing for everyone is not recommended. ...Read more
See your Dr.: If your room mate has active TB you need to be tested and have a chest x ray. Hopefully, your room mate only has a positive skin test indicating latent TB rather than active tb. Either way, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Born in US?: If you were born in this country then you have probably never had the BCG vaccine in which case a PPD skin test can determine if you have ever been exposed but a chest x ray can tell us if you have the disease in the lung. The BCG vaccine has variable effectiveness as far as conferring immunity to TB. ...Read more
This feared infection is caused by a type of bug known as a mycobacterium. In the past there were significant more risks in this country and there were even sanitoriums to house those infected and to keep them from the general population.
It is difficult to treat but now there are medications that one takes for some time to cure this infection. ...Read more
Limit exposure: Close contact & active TB suggests high risk for transmission, but if your brother is taking his meds, your risk of becoming infected should improve over time. Until he is no longer infective, he could wear a mask to catch his respiratory droplets when in a common area & could stay in his own room as much as possible. You should check with your doctor or the local health department for other tips. ...Read more
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