Lit­tle-known, chronic dis­ease poses a se­ri­ous risk for north­ern res­i­dents

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Opinion -

More and more peo­ple are be­com­ing very ill, with a lit­tle-known, se­ri­ous chronic dis­ease non­tu­ber­cu­lous my­cobac­terium.

Bac­te­ria that cause the dis­ease are every­where, in the soil, wa­ter, wa­ter tanks, house dust and so on. Th­ese bac­te­ria grow faster in north­ern Aus­tralia.

Women in their 60s and early 70s are those most at risk.

Trends over re­cent decades, sug­gest in­fec­tion will dou­ble over the next seven years.

With the baby boomers now reach­ing this age, the rate of in­fec­tion may in­crease faster.

It is sug­gested, there are be­tween 5000 and 10,000 peo­ple liv­ing with NTM in Aus­tralia now.

A small group of three peo­ple, who want to make a dif­fer­ence, need your help to im­prove the treat­ment of NTM in Aus­tralia.

It is pos­si­ble to make a dif­fer­ence.

Call me on 9409 4565 to learn more about us and what can be done.

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