Health alert on Tuberculosis
The Ministry of health has announced that there is an increase in the number of patients suffering from tuberculosis (TB) that have been admitted to the princess Margaret hospital in the last three weeks.
At present there are 6 patients admitted at the hospital for treatment of the disease with three new cases and three reactivated cases of 2011.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease by the bacteria (germ) Mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually attacks the lungs causing pulmonary TB.
Symptoms of TB include; a cough that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, weight loss, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and coughing up blood.
Persons with symptoms should report to their doctor, nearest health care provider or to the Princess Margaret Hospital.
An infected person can spread the infection to other people by contact with other persons when they cough, sneeze, talk, sing or spit.
Tb is a curable disease. All patients who are infected with TB need to be admitted to the hospital until such time that they can no longer transmit the disease to other persons.
The general public is advised to practice safety measures such as: ensuring the BCG vaccination of children to prevent TB, schedule a TB test if you have been exposed to someone with tuberculosis, receive additional testing if a TB test is positive, begin immediate treatment as prescribed by your doctor and avoid overcrowding