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Tuberculosis A Quick Guide

When you are out and about in public, you probably do not frequently worry about what the consequences of a stranger’s cough, sneeze, or sniffle could be. Whether it is visiting a foreign place on vacation, crammed in on a crowded public transit, or any situation that puts you around strangers who sound sick, there is a chance that you are at risk for a TB infection.

Active carrying vs inactive carrying.

Tuberculosis, often referred to as TB, is an infectious disease that is spread from person to person via the air, such as coughing and sneezing. In developed first world countries such as the United States, TB infection is rare, controlled, and vaccinated against, but exposure to the disease does happen. And, it does have the potential to be very serious.

However, it is possible that your body carries the bacteria responsible for the TB infection, but your immune system is able to fight it. For this reason, carriers of TB are slotted into two categories:

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Why You and Your Children Should Trust Pediatric Urgent Care

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It’s an everyday nightmare for most parents: at 8 pm on a Friday night, their child starts coughing and reports feeling tired. By the next morning, they have a fever and may even be vomiting. A quick web search will show that these are common signs of the flu, an infection of the nose, throat and lungs that can become quite serious and is very contagious. A parent’s first impulse will be to take their child to see a physician. However, their local doctor’s office is closed for the weekend and would likely require an appointment. The child could, of course, be seen at an emergency room, but their condition is probably not yet serious to warrant a hospital visit. Moreover, emergency room can often be very expensive. With these factors to consider, how can the parent access medical care for their child?

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