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Probable tuberculosisThe nurse inside me is running rampant today so I decided to share some information. It has finally come to pass that we now know that TB(tuberculosis) has become drug resistant. TB is on the rise around the world. Tuberculosis, also known as “consumption”, is a horrific wasting disease that is acquired by inhalation into the lungs, where it can cause disease (pulmonary tuberculosis), but can spread to other organs in the body, resulting in various presentations (meningitis, Pott’s Disease, etc.). Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, tuberculosis was untreatable. However, even with the widespread use of antibiotics that began in the 1940s, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has emerged and is a leading cause of death, particularly among HIV-infected individuals. MDR-TB is caused by strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis that are resistant to the main antibiotics used. A subset of MDR-TB, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), is caused by rare strains that are resistant to the normal drugs that are used, as well as second-line (or follow-up) medications. Both MDR- and XDR-TB are rare in the U.S., but individuals with HIV are at greatest risk for getting infected.

Those at highest risk are the one who’s immune system is already compromised, or living is close proximity to another such as in our prison systems. Since TB is airborne and very contagious the prison system is the perfect breeding ground. Since prison system are known for wonderful medical care everyone who has TB finishes the months of medication required to kill out the bacteria.  I think not. Someone visits a prisoner, develops TB that has already mutated and they don’t even know they have it.  They can expose every person they come in contact with.  That’s just one seanerio of many ways TB can be hoisted upon a society. Signs and symptoms of active TB include:

What organs are affected? Tuberculosis usually attacks your lungs. Signs and symptoms of TB of the lungs include:

  • Coughing that lasts three or more weeks
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing

But tuberculosis can also affect other parts of your body, including your kidneys, spine or brain. When TB occurs outside your lungs, symptoms vary according to the organs involved. For example, tuberculosis of the spine may give you back pain, and tuberculosis in your kidneys might cause blood in your urine.

The scary thing is we can’t do a lot to protect ourselves from this disease.  If you know someone who has been exposed and placed on medication, do them and yourself a favor and find out if they completed all of the medication. We are at the mercy of this nasty little germ.

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  1. Shirley,
    At my age I was vaccinated for everything under the sun! I received the small pox vaccine 5 times, because it would never swell up and scab over. I was late starting school, until the doctor finally convinced them and showed them the paperwork stating as such.
    I was immune to all the childhood diseases, but my half-brother seemed to get enough for both of us, including the mumps on both sides!
    This sounds like a resurgence of the disease and is awfully scary! Heaven forbid we don’t see Polio do the small thing.
    Your blog was very informative and I thank you.

    Suzannesan http://suzannehill1978.com

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    • Hi, thanks for stopping by the blog. Unfortunatly Suzanne a lot of the childhood diseases are coming back because parents arn’t getting their children vacination. There is also a condition that is coming back striking people who had polio in the past and it affects them a lot in the same way. It is a sad thing but mother nature usually finds a way to win. My small pox never took either so we have something in common. Shirley

      Check out my web-page http://www.shirley-mclain.com and my blog shirley-mclain.net

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