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Posted by Robin
on November 03, 1999 at 15:27:37:
In Reply to: Hi posted by Sharon on October 17, 1999 at 09:15:48:
No, this is an airborne disease. You must be sharing the same airspace and have repeated contacts with the diseased persons who is coughing. It is not transmitted in saliva or by fomites (objects). If you are sharing airspace with the person and have been for some time, please go to your doctor or the health department for a TB skin test. This will tell if you have been infected. Infected means that you have inhaled the bacterium, but do not have symptoms and cannot infect others. if you have disease, you are coughing, having night sweats, fever, weight loss, and productive sputum, and CAN infect others. A positive skin test is raised, and may also be red. The RAISED area only is measured and that determines if you are infected. If the test is simply red with no raised area it should be considered negative. A positive TB skin test does not mean that you can infect others unless you have the above mentioned symptoms but you may be treated with anti - TB drugs for 6 months to prevent future occurance of the disease.
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