Sharing Eating Utensils For TB Patients Who Have Been On Therapy For 9 Months?

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I have just been declared cured of TB after treatment for 9 months, now can I share eating utensils with my child or husband??

1 Answer:

Hi Ema,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

TB germs (Tuberculosis) can be easily transmitted through the inhalation of mucus droplets from the patient's respiratory tract. This is possible, for example, if you cough, clean, or spit carelessly. The possibility of TB can be transmitted by eating together is actually very small. However, this is not impossible, especially if the patient uses the same cutlery (eg spoon or fork).

However, if you are declared cured after undergoing OAT (anti-TB drug) therapy, then of course you are no longer potentially transmitting TB infection, even though you are in close contact with other members of your family. According to many literatures, even people who have only had OAT therapy for 2 months have a much lower potential for transmission than those who have not received any therapy at all. So, if you are declared cured, you don't have to worry anymore.

Even so, you should remain vigilant. Because, given how easy it is to transmit, it could be that the TB you previously suffered from was infected by other members of your family. Therefore, even if they do not show the typical symptoms of TB (such as prolonged cough, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, low-grade fever, frequent sweating, chest pain, etc.), it is highly recommended for all family members or those who have close contact with TB sufferers. to also undergo tests to detect TB infection. That way, if any of your family members or other relatives have TB, the right treatment can be given immediately so that it does not have the potential to cause transmission to others, including recurrence in yourself.

That's our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with the doctor at the nearest health facility.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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