Tuberculosis

By: Gabriel Ethier

Description of tuberculosis

TB (tuberculosis) is a bacterial infection, most often found in the lungs, that causes the death of the organ tissue it has infected. The bacteria is transferred through the air. Those with the TB bacteria may encounter symptoms because it can stay inactive. If left untreated it can be fatal. It can spread through the lymph nodes and bloodstream. the course of it will cause infection of other organs and lesions.


Diagnosis, Frequency,

A diagnosis for TB is most often made from a skin test. A doctor will inject your arm with PPD tuberculin. After 48 to 72 hours the doctor will check the injection site for a red bump. A hardened red bump means you most likely have the TB bacteria.

The Frequency of TB in the united states is really low. only 4 in 100,000 people will get TB.



Complications

Untreated TB will cause you.


  • Spine pain and joint destruction
  • Meningitis
  • Impairment of liver and kidneys
  • Cardiac tamponade

Target Audience

  • People living in low income countries
  • Young adults in their most productive years
  • People with HIV