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Tuberculosis(TB) has had an increased rate of contraction over the past few years. Texas is ranked number 4 in the country with the most outbreaks. With this in mind, we can narrow down our statistics to El Paso and discover that in the past two years there have been two outbreaks. One included an exposure of TB to 700 infants at a local hospital. The second outbreak occurred at an elementary school.

“Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs.” This bacteria can be passed through tiny air droplets that can be released through sneezes and coughs of an infected person. Some people who have the infection  don’t show symptoms. These symptoms include coughing, night sweats, fever, loss of appetite, chills. phlegm, loss of weight, shortness of breathe. There are two types of Tuberculosis, Latent TB, and Active TB. Latent TB is a non infectious, dormant state of tuberculosis which can lead to active TB if not treated. Active TB is the infectious state of tuberculosis, that can lead to death.

To prevent the spread of TB you must cover your mouth when coughing, wash your hands, and do not come into contact with many people. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms persisting for more than two weeks contact your local heath care provider. Remember prevention is key in the fight against Tuberculosis.

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