Tuberculosis: 15 Must-Know Facts (Part 1)

Tuberculosis is a threatening and infectious disease that is only growing in the modern day, and you may be more at-risk than you previously thought. No one is truly safe from the contraction of this disease, and it is important to educate yourself on the issues of prevention and dealing with its onset. To provide you with everything you need to know, we have found the most pressing details about this infection. Be sure to check back for our part two article, featuring the top eight facts that everyone must know about tuberculosis!

Number Fifteen: The Mass Numbers

On a global scale, TB is known to kill an annual 1.5 million victims. A large portion of these deaths occur in developing countries where the disease is more easily dispersed among the population.

Number Fourteen: The Basics

To be honest, people who are unaffected by tuberculosis have a limited knowledge of it, if they know what it is at all. For those of you who haven’t had to familiarize yourself with it, TB is a bacterial infection that occurs mainly in the lungs. The disease is characterized by the onset of symptoms like fatigue, intense fever, and a nasty, bloody cough.

Number Thirteen: The Spread

TB is highly infectious, meaning it is incredibly easy to contract when in the presence of those who are affected with it. The World Health Organization claims that the spread is mainly caused by affected persons coughing, sneezing, or even spitting the bacteria into the air, where it is inhaled by future victims.

Number Twelve: It Has Resistant Qualities

This disease can be treated, but the main issue with conquering it lies with its tendency to resist medication. Treating the disease requires medication regimens, which are becoming progressively less effective as the bacteria is evolving to become more resistant. In as many as five percent of all documented cases, TB is incurable because it has become super-bacteria.

Number Eleven: The Threat of Tuberculosis in the U.S.

It isn’t often that tuberculosis appears in first-world countries, but it is entirely possible. In 2011, the World Health Organization reported a total of 92 cases in the United States.

Number Ten: The At-Risk Audience

Like most diseases, TB primarily targets people who have weak immune systems, smokers, and general tobacco users. Also, it is extremely dangerous to people who have contracted HIV. Among people with HIV, it is reported to be the top killer.

Number Nine: The Introductory Phase

Tuberculosis has an introductory phase of contracting the disease, which is deemed latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). People with this status are infected, but do not show signs of its symptoms or even get sick. However, this onset is a guarantee that the full disease is soon to come, unless action is taken. Be sure to check back for our part two article, featuring the top eight facts that everyone must know about tuberculosis!