Tuberculosis News

Tuberculosis is a dangerous bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. It is caused by an organism called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is typically spread through the air when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes or speaks. Many people have the tuberculosis bacteria in their body without ever getting sick. This is known as a latent TB infection. But when tuberculosis begins causing symptoms, it's called TB disease and can be quite dangerous if treatment isn’t administered.

Symptoms of Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis symptoms are similar to a bad bout of flu. They can include a nasty cough that lasts three weeks or longer, blood or phlegm in the cough, chest pain, fevers, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss and weakness. The disease can progress without treatment and eventually lead to death.

Prevention and Treatment

Some people are more prone to get TB disease than others, including those whose immunity is compromised by a disease like HIV or diabetes, those who have had tuberculosis in the past and people who abuse alcohol or drugs. People who work in health care also are more likely to get the disease. There is a vaccine for tuberculosis, but it is rarely administered in the United States and is often used in countries where tuberculosis is more common.

Even if someone has a latent TB infection, doctors may want to treat it, as there is a chance it could develop into TB disease. This treatment involves a course of several antibiotics, and the treatment is much easier than it is for TB disease. Treatment of active TB disease is extensive, and it typically involves taking a number of different antibiotics for a total of six to nine months. But it is very important for those with TB disease to finish the course of medications in order to successfully cure the disease and prevent the spread of it to others.

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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3/27/2018
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Researcher says Addison's disease might have led to deaths of 1840s Franklin crew

4/25/2017
Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions

Machine diagnoses of deadly lung disease prove highly accurate in tests, study finds

4/4/2017
Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

Ills include HIV, hepatitis and the serious blood infection sepsis, study suggests

10/13/2016
Global Efforts to Combat TB Epidemic Falling Short

Many people still lack access to effective diagnosis and treatments, WHO report shows

9/23/2016
Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Bacteria found in plumbing may sicken thousands each year, study suggests

3/24/2016
Tuberculosis Decline in U.S. Has Stalled, CDC Reports

Agency reaffirms its commitment to eliminating the lung infection

3/8/2016
Screen High-Risk Adults for Tuberculosis, Experts Say

Up to 10 percent of those with dormant TB develop active infection, according to health task force

2/19/2016
New TB Test May Help Simplify Diagnosis

Blood analysis distinguishes between active and latent disease, researchers say

2/10/2016
TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.

Study reports decrease among recent entrants from Mexico, China, India, Philippines and Vietnam

12/18/2015
Toxic Chemicals May Weaken Infants' Response to TB Vaccine

PCBs, DDT found in babies' blood samples appear to dampen immunity, study says

11/16/2015
Doctors Save Life of U.S. Child With Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Case highlights growing threat of strain of the lung disease that doesn't respond to multiple antibiotics

11/11/2015
Swiss Report Highlights Danger of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Cases where the infection isn't thwarted by existing antibiotics are surfacing, researcher says

9/15/2015
E-Pillboxes Improve Medication Adherence, Study Finds

Text messaging alone was as ineffective as no reminders at all among TB patients

6/9/2015
U.S. Health Officials Search for Those Exposed to Drug-Resistant TB

Patient spent seven weeks in country, traveled to three states before diagnosis

6/9/2015
New Trial Tests Whether TB Shot Fights Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers will look at effects in people with longstanding disease

4/13/2015
U.S. Agrees to Help Launch 'African CDC'

Goal is to assist Africans to prevent, identify and respond to disease outbreaks

4/8/2015
18th Century Mummies Reveal How TB Spread Through Europe

Samples from bodies uncovered 14 different strains during height of disease

3/19/2015
Decline in U.S. Tuberculosis Rates Slows: CDC

Latest statistics reported as health officials work to contain outbreak at Kansas high school

8/20/2014
Seals, Sea Lions Helped Global Spread of TB, Study Finds

Research on origins of tuberculosis may shed light on how other viruses are transmitted between species

8/15/2014
Common Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia linked to risk in study, but not asthma, tuberculosis

7/9/2014
TB Rates Among Children May Be Higher Than Estimated

As many as 650,000 kids worldwide infected each year, researchers report

3/20/2014
Tuberculosis in U.S. Hits Record Low: CDC

Improved screening of immigrants contributes to decline

3/20/2014
2/27/2014
Vinegar May Be Cheap, Safe Way to Kill TB Germ

Accidental discovery might help labs, clinics disinfect, especially in cash-poor countries

1/9/2014
Could Stem Cells Cure Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis?

Small, early study found treatment was safe, possibly more effective than standard antibiotics

12/4/2013
TB Vaccine May Work Against Multiple Sclerosis: Study

More brain lesions seen in people who got dummy injection

11/21/2013
Health Disparities Persist in America: Report

CDC finds race, sex, education, location and wealth among key factors in these inequalities

10/23/2013
First Windpipe Transplant Holding Up Over Time: Report

Five years after surgery, recipient enjoys normal life, researchers say

7/26/2013
New Test Detects TB and Antibiotic Resistance

Results available in two hours

5/23/2013
Shortage of Key Drug Hampering U.S. Efforts to Control TB: Report

Many health departments have altered treatment practices; CDC officials working to solve the problem

2/11/2013
China's Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock May Threaten Human Health

Much higher levels of antibiotic-resistance genes found at pig farms in study

1/17/2013
TB Drug Shortages Put U.S. Patients in Peril, Study Finds

Supply of many medications needed to fight drug-resistant disease is often intermittent at best

1/2/2013
Sirturo Approved for Multi-Drug Resistant TB

Millions still contract the infectious disease each year

8/30/2012
'Alarming' Rise Seen in Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

International study found TB withstanding multiple types of antibiotics

6/6/2012
New Medicine Might Fight Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says

But drug may cause heart-related side effects, so more research needed

3/22/2012
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely affected

12/8/2011
CDC Issues New TB Treatment Guidelines

They're aimed at shortening, simplifying the regimen used to prevent active disease

10/19/2011
Start HIV Drug Treatment Early in Patients With TB: Studies

Just a few weeks' difference affects survival for the very sick, researchers say

10/14/2011
TB Outbreaks in Texas Schools Show Disease Still a Threat

At least 100 people have tested positive for the respiratory ailment

10/12/2011
Rising Global Smoking Rates Could Add Millions of TB Deaths

Even a small drop in smoking rates could prevent many from dying from the infectious lung disease, researchers say

10/12/2011
Research Sheds Light on Vitamin D's Role in Immunity

It may be key in protecting people from infections like tuberculosis, study shows

9/15/2011
Officials Tackle Multidrug-Resistant TB in Europe

U.S. must remain vigilant against the respiratory disease, experts say

7/6/2011
New Combo Therapy May Prevent TB, Save Lives in People With HIV

Simpler, shorter drug regimen has potential to transform treatment of tuberculosis worldwide, researchers say

3/24/2011
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely to be affected

1/10/2011
Treating Latent TB After 65 Raises Serious Side-Effect Risk

Likelihood of hospitalization increases with age, researchers say

11/18/2010
Smarten Up About Antibiotics, CDC Urges

Knowing when to use, refuse can help prevent deadly 'superbugs'

9/2/2010
Experimental TB Test Called Fast and Accurate

Health experts say it has potential to greatly improve treatment of the respiratory disease

2/17/2010
In San Diego, Hispanics Now Dominate HIV/TB Cases

Shift in disease profile suggests need for U.S., Mexico cooperation, expert says

2/9/2010
Vaccine May Prevent TB in People With HIV

Clinical trial results mark 'significant milestone,' expert says