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Mycobacterium tuberculosis or TB
- TB primarily goes for the lungs or the Respiratory system, but can also attack the brain, spine, and kidney
- TB can occur in 2 different ways or infections, one is LTBI which stands for Latent TB infection which ends up being harmless, and doesn't spread the actual TB disease, its evil twin
- TB spreads from body to body, through air for example coughing, sneezing, speaking, or singing
- Children under 5 or homeless people are usually more susceptible to the disease
- Although regular adults can get this disease based on where their job is, for example people who work at hospitals, shelters, correctional facilities, and nursing homes
- TB causes weakness or fatigue, weight and appetite loss, chills, fever, and sweating at night
- If these symptoms get extreme there could be skin swelling, and even death.
- This disease can be found on clothes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, handshakes, and the toilet.
- One way to defend yourself is by avoiding places when traveling like hospitals, prisons, clinics, etc.
- Another option is just preventing yourself in the first place, by taking a shot called BCG for Tuberculosis as a child or infant.
- Although if you have already contracted the disease, you can get treatment by using common anti-tuberculosis agents for 6-9 months, these agents are isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, and pyrazinamide.