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Can a patient with active TB disease infect other people?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
This is how the disease spreads.
If we can prevent this transmission, the disease will be eradicated.

In brief: Yes
This is how the disease spreads.
If we can prevent this transmission, the disease will be eradicated.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Depends
Check with TB expert! with the right treatment usually not a problem after 48 hours.

In brief: Depends
Check with TB expert! with the right treatment usually not a problem after 48 hours.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
Tb patients with active disease (especially adults that are coughing) release TB bugs in droplets with their cough that can be inhaled by others around them. This can be especially risky for small children or elderly who are more prone to getting sick from it immediately.
Once an adult has been treated for at least 2 months with correct medicines, they are less likely to be infectious to others.

In brief: Yes
Tb patients with active disease (especially adults that are coughing) release TB bugs in droplets with their cough that can be inhaled by others around them. This can be especially risky for small children or elderly who are more prone to getting sick from it immediately.
Once an adult has been treated for at least 2 months with correct medicines, they are less likely to be infectious to others.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
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