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Tuberculosis

 

The World Health Organization describes Tuberculosis (TB) as “an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease.” 

 

Symptoms of the disease include severe cough, chest pain, fever, weight loss and cough with sputum or blood. The disease is most prevalent among the poor, and though active cases are nearly obsolete in many developed countries, TB is still the second greatest killer worldwide by a single infectious agent. If treatment is stopped prematurely, or drugs are not administered properly, a patient can develop Multiple Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB), which requires a much longer recovery time.

 

The good news is that TB is both preventable and curable if treated correctly and in the right timeframe. The Annoor Sanatorium offers excellent and compassionate treatment at very little cost to patients, treats regular strains of TB and is the only regional center accredited for treating MDR-TB. 

GET THE FACTS:

 

  • One third of the world’s population is infected with active or latent TB.
     

  • Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
     

  • 1.5 million people die each year from TB.
     

  • TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.
     

  • Tuberculosis treatment is usually six months of careful application of known antibiotics.
     

  • Interrupted treatment leads to Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis, which then requires two years of rigorous treatment with toxic medications. 
     

  • Annoor is the only center in its region accredited for treating MDR Tuberculosis.

 

Sources:

Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization