Can Injecting A Needle From A TB Patient Spread The Disease?

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I want to ask, Yesterday I was taking blood from a 3-year-old pediatrician who diagnosed my tuberculosis accidentally by a syringe ,, Can a syringe be contagious?

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Hello Dea,

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Some types of diseases are known to be transmitted to other people through contact with the blood of patients (blood borne disease), for example malaria, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, brucellosis, and so on. So far, there are no adequate sources that mention how big the potential for transmission of tuberculosis through the blood.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis that causes TB (tuberculosis) is usually transmitted from sufferers to other people through inhalation of splashes of mucus from the patient's airways, for example when a person coughs, sneezes, or also carelessly spits. Needle punctures used by TB sufferers previously are less likely to make you get TB. However, if indeed your activities make you often come in close contact with TB sufferers, it is clear you are at risk of contracting it, especially if you do not use proper protection (for example by wearing a mask, washing your hands, or cleaning a place that is potentially contaminated with chlorine).

Not only that, according to much literature, TB sufferers also have a greater risk of experiencing several other types of diseases, for example HIV. Decreased endurance due to HIV infection can facilitate a person to become infected with TB. Therefore, if a TB patient whose needle has previously pierced your skin has never been declared free from HIV, that means you are still at risk of contracting HIV.

You should check with your doctor or specialist in internal medicine to be evaluated, is it true that you have symptoms of TB or other diseases as a result of the condition that you experienced before. Some types of tests, such as x-rays, sputum tests, or blood tests may be recommended by the doctor if deemed necessary. With this detection, the handling can also be done faster and the potential for healing has increased. Not to forget, to prevent similar incidents from recurring (unsterile needles), you should be more careful when acting. Always use gloves when doing activities with needles. And, if you open or close the syringe, do it with the right technique (one hand technique) to minimize the risk of being punctured.

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