Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis treat­ment

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

NOR­MAL tu­ber­cu­lo­sis can be treated with a course of spe­cific an­tibi­otics.

But XDR-TB is re­sis­tant to most forms of drugs and needs spe­cial­ist treat­ment.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion has three def­i­ni­tions of TB, start­ing with or­di­nary TB; multi-drug re­sis­tant TB (MDR-TB) and ex­ten­sive drug re­sis­tant TB (XDR-TB).

Vic­tims of XDR-TB will be kept in iso­la­tion in hospi­tal, usu­ally for sev­eral months, un­til they are no longer in­fec­tious.

There then fol­lows two years of treat­ment while nor­mal TB takes about nine months of treat­ment.

TB de­vel­ops slowly in the body and usu­ally takes sev­eral months for symp­toms to ap­pear. Symp­toms in­clude fever and night sweats, an un­ex­plained pro­longed cough last­ing more than three weeks; un­ex­plained weight loss; and blood in spit.

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