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Posted: 9/2/2004 6:48:25 PM EDT
I need information on tuberculosis. Specifically info on the cause and treatment. Also, I need info on how contagious it is; can a person have TB and not be contagious?
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 6:50:46 PM EDT
http://www.tuberculosis.net/
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 7:13:57 PM EDT
Cause - little bugs (Mycobacterium Tuberculosis) that are hard as hell to kill.
Treatment - 6 months to a year of hard core antibiotics. (No beer, folks)
Contagion - through droplet (coughing), can be airborne or transmitted by vector (sharing pillow, gas mask / respirator, kissing)
Positive / non-infectious - Technically, yes, if they're well into a treatment phase and have been compliant with that treatment.

Good site, ar50troll
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 7:22:17 PM EDT
Very contagious, for a long period.
And with International travel being what it is, still commonly cropping up.
Anyone with a wet hacking cough needs to be checked out.


Worked an IT support job for a large programming team once, and one sub-team pitched a fit because their new team- / office-mate from Taiwan was horking up a lung all day and night. They DEMANDING that person get a medical checkup and a clean bill of health, before they'd return to work. The person went for such an appt, and never returned.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 7:28:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rayra:
Very contagious, for a long period.
And with International travel being what it is, still commonly cropping up.
Anyone with a wet hacking cough needs to be checked out.


Worked an IT support job for a large programming team once, and one sub-team pitched a fit because their new team- / office-mate from Taiwan was horking up a lung all day and night. They DEMANDING that person get a medical checkup and a clean bill of health, before they'd return to work. The person went for such an appt, and never returned.



SARS?
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 6:16:25 AM EDT
Thanks for the information guys.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 7:21:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 7:26:00 AM EDT by TomJefferson]
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