- The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (Contagious)
- Tuberculosis is an acid-fast bacteria
- A large rod-shaped bacterium.
- Tuberculosis can infect many parts of the body including the skin, joints, bones, lymph nodes, kidney, spine and nervous system
- Bacteria require oxygen in order to grow, they most often infect the upper portion of the lungs.
People may experience:
Pain: in the chest, can occur while breathing
Cough: can be chronic, with blood
Whole body: malaise, sweating, fever, loss of appetite, night sweats, fatigue, or chills
Also common: loss of muscle, swollen lymph nodes, phlegm, shortness of breath, or unintentional weight loss
- A persistent cough.
- Constant fatigue.
- Weight loss.
- Loss of appetite.
- Coughing up blood.
- Night sweats.
Antibiotics: Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol (Myambutol), Rifabutin, Rifapentine (Priftin), Ethionamide (Trecator), Rifampin, Isoniazid
- Consumption, phthisis, scrofula, Pott's disease, and the White Plague are all terms used to refer to tuberculosis
- Nearly one-third of the world's population is infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis
- The CDC reports that tuberculosis is responsible for approximately 2 million deaths worldwide every year
- One of the world's most deadly diseases.
- Very common (most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia and Eastern Europe and Russia).
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