How can MDR-TB be prevented?

The most important thing a person can do to prevent the spread of MDR-TB is to take all their medications exactly as prescribed by their health-care provider. No doses should be missed and treatment should never be stopped early. Patients should tell their health-care provider if they are having trouble taking the medications. If patients…

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How is drug-resistant TB spread?

Drug-resistant TB spreads the same way that drugsensitive (i.e. normal) TB is spread. TB is spread  through the air from one person to another, when a person with TB disease of the lungs coughs, sneezes, speaks, spits or sings. These bacteria can remain airborne for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in…

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Who is at risk of drug-resistant TB?

Drug-resistant TB is more common in people who: do not take their TB drugs regularly do not take all of their TB drugs develop TB disease again, after being treated for TB disease in the past come from areas of the world where drug-resistant TB is common have spent time with someone known to have…

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What is drug-resistant TB?

Sometimes the anti-TB drug being taken by the patient can no longer kill the TB bacteria. This is referred to as drug-resistant TB. Drug-resistant TB can occur when the drugs used to treat TB are misused or mismanaged. Examples include: when people do not complete the full course of treatment when health-care providers prescribe the…

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