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Monday, March 24, 2014

World TB Day

I often joke that I entered the wrong field of work, that of the medical field. Every year we are tested for TB. The truth is that TB is still a very dangerous disease that is prominent in the world today. Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. The bacteria normally attacks the lungs but may damage other parts as well. The disease is spread through the air when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or talks.

Symptoms of TB in the lungs may include:
  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
Skin tests, blood tests, x-rays, and other tests can tell if you have TB. If not treated properly, TB can be deadly. You can usually cure active TB by taking several medicines for a long period of time

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