Is Active Duplex Pulmonary TB Contagious?

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Hello doctor, I want to ask, is the active duplex pulmonary TB a contagious disease? thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Liavia,


Thanks for the question.

Active duplex pulmonary TB refers to Tuberculosis (or often called TB, TB, spots) which actively attacks both lungs (right and left). TB disease in the lungs is caused by a type of bacterial microorganism, called Mycobacterium tubercolosis. Clinically, this condition can make sufferers cough not go away, with productive phlegm, sometimes bleeding, accompanied by mild fever, excessive sweating, fatigue, chest pain, drastic weight loss, also swollen lymph nodes (often in the neck or armpit area).


Pulmonary TB can be very contagious, especially in people who come in close contact with sufferers (living at home, going to school together, or working together). This transmission can occur through the inhalation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis which is contained in splashes of other patients' airway mucus, for example when he coughs, sneezes, or spits carelessly. The potential for transmission will be higher if the patient has never undergone treatment, or has been undergoing treatment for less than 2 months. People with poor immune systems, such as those with HIV, diabetes, or a history of long-term steroid treatment, are also more prone to contracting this disease.


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