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08.10.2019

TUBERCOLOSIS ( TB ) PREVENTION & WHAT TO KNOW


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The World Health Organisation estimates that a quarter of the world’s population is infected with latent TB, of which 10 million developed active TB in 2017, resulting in 1.6 million deaths.

 

TB remains one of the top 10 leading causes of death worldwide, despite the fact that the rate of new TB cases has fallen in most countries.

 

This global phenomenon is unlikey to decline in the short term, and may increasingly impact tuberculosis control in Singapore in future.

 

People with latent TB aren’t contagious and have no symptoms because their immune system is protecting them from getting sick. But it is possible for latent TB to develop into active TB. Most people with the germ have up to a 15 percent lifetime risk. Trusted Source of getting sick with TB. The risk can be far higher if you have conditions that compromise your immune system such as HIV infection. When you start showing symptoms, you may become contagious and have pulmonary TB.

 

it can be difficult to avoid contracting TB if you work in an environment frequented by people with TB or if you’re caring for a friend or family member with TB.

 

Following are a few tips for minimizing your risk for pulmonary TB:

  • Provide education on preventing TB like cough etiquette.
  • Avoid extended close contact with someone who has TB.
  • Air out rooms regularly.
  • Cover your face with a mask that is approved for protection against TB.

Anyone exposed to tuberculosis should be tested, even if they show no symptoms.


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Source:

www.todayonline.com/commentary/what-more-can-singapore-do-eradicate-tuberculosis

www.webmd.com/lung/tuberculosis-prevention