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Old 07-07-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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Roommate has TB - I think active

Hello, I just got a new roommate a few weeks ago and he coughs frequently and I hear him coughing up phlegm frequently. Also he doesn't look healthy. I have found out that he has TB. How concerned should I be about living in a basement apartment with him?

 
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Re: Roommate has TB - I think active

Although TB is less contagious than most diseases, actually living with someone who has TB may put you at risk for catching it.

First, I wouldn't rely on rumors. Talk to him. It may be he was tested for TB, but that's not the cause of his illness. If he's been on antibiotics for at least 2 weeks, he's probably not contagious any more.

To avoid infection, don't share towels. If you use the same dishes, wash them in a dishwasher. Like I said, it's not real easy to spread.

 
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