Tuberculosis

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The Cause

The reason people get tuberculosis is because a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis infects their body. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an obligate pathogenic bacterial species. In this case, obligate means that Mycobacterium tuberculosis sticks to one part of the body and does one thing. Pathogenic means that it makes you sick. Mycobacterium tuberculosis comes from a bacterial family called Mycobacteriaceae.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of tuberculosis are.......

  • a fever

  • weight loss

  • fatigue

  • loss of appetite

  • a cough

Transmitted

Tuberculosis is transferred from one person to another. Some examples are if someone with untreated tuberculosis sneezes, coughs, spits, or even just talks. Even though there are many ways you can catch tuberculosis, it's not easy to catch.

Treatment

You can treat tuberculosis with medicine. You usually must take many medications at a time and for several months. This is not necessary for all patients, but for many it is.

Prevention

People can prevent tuberculosis by avoiding contact with those who have the active disease, using medications as a preventive measure in high-risk cases, and maintaining good living standard. People going to a country where tuberculosis is common also might consider taking a vaccine called BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin).

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Brianna McNeill

Jan. 13, 2016

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