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  • Tuberculosis: The White Plague

    Much has been written about tuberculosis or the ”White Plague” named so because it made the patient appear pale. It earned its place in history because it dates back to early man, and wherever they migrated they took their diseases with them. Like its symptoms seen below this disease just seems to be persistent, and just doesn’t want to go away. In the 1800’s into the early 1900’s tuberculosis or TB killed more people than any other disease. My grandfather Gus succumbed to the disease, where he was confined to what was termed a “sanitorium”.

    By the mid 50’s it appeared that significant progress had been made in treating the disease and even thought that it might be eradicated. However, in the mid 80’s, TB made a comeback. In America today it is estimated that 10 to 15 million people carry the Latent TB virus with 20,000 new active cases a year. Worldwide the numbers are considerably worse, and TB is in the top 15 leading causes of death!!

    I do rely on the Center for Disease Control for information. Below you’ll find a short synopsis of the disease including symptoms which they have provided..

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of TB.

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected. The TB bacteria usually attack the lungs, but can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

    Symptoms of TB Disease

    Symptoms of TB disease depend on where in the body the TB bacteria are growing. TB disease symptoms may include:

    *A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer tuberculosis *Pain in the chest *Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs) *Weakness or fatigue *Weight loss *No appetite *Chills *Fever *Sweating at night

    TB is NOT spread by

    *Shaking someone's hand *Sharing food or drink *Touching bed linens or toilet seats *Sharing toothbrushes *Kissing

    If you think you may have been exposed to someone with TB disease, contact your health care provider or your local or state TB control office to schedule a TB test, either a TB blood test or tuberculin skin test.

    At Safetyinstruction.com we are not just concerned with job hazards but with the general health and well being of all. So this blog will continue to present information that we feel is pertinent, and should be a part of the discussion in keeping all safe, healthy and informed. Tuberculosis is a disease that you will want to take serious, and research vaccines available for its prevention.

    Information like this is only good if used. Take some time today, and keep you and your family safe from the perils of Tuberculosis.


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