What is TUBERCULOSIS (TB)?
TB is a curable illness caused by airborne bacteria (germs). The number of people getting ill with TB in the CNMI is increasing. Most people know TB as a disease that is in the lungs. However, not all active TB disease is in the lungs. Around 40% of people who have active TB disease have the infection in another part of their body (e.g., lymph glands, brain, spine, kidneys, or other organs). This occurs when the bacteria spread outside of the lungs. In these cases, TB is more difficult to diagnose since the patient does not have the normal signs and symptoms associated with pulmonary TB.
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How do you get TB?
When someone with infectious TB coughs or sneezes, they send droplets into the air that contain TB germs. If you breathe these in you are at risk of getting TB. Usually, your immune system will kill or contain and control the germs that you have breathed in. Even if it doesn’t kill them, there’s only a small chance you will become ill right away. The germs can stay asleep in your body, so you will not be ill or able to infect other people. But if your immune system has been weakened you are more likely to develop active TB and become able to spread the infection to others.
What you should do if you suspect you have TB?
If you have these symptoms listed below, please come by our clinic and get a skin test.
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