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Tuberculosis by Alan Hecht
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Tuberculosis is a serious infection caused most commonly by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium or one of three other organisms of the Mycobacterium genus. Tuberculosis primarily affects the lungs, but the infection can attack any part of the body. If left untreated, tuberculosis can cause lung damage, meningitis, and even death; the World Health Organization reported 1.3 million deaths due to tuberculosis in 2008. Those at highest risk for tuberculosis include those with weakened immune systems and those in areas of the world with poor nutrition and poor access to health care. Most cases of tuberculosis can be treated with a combination of medications that are taken for several months, but failure by many people to fully follow their course of treatment has led to the emergence of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis bacteria. Tuberculosis, Second Edition covers the history, causes, and treatments of this potentially deadly disease.Chapters include: * The History of Tuberculosis * The Tuberculosis Bacteria * Transmission from Organism to Organism * What Happens Once a Person Is Infected * The Immune Response to Tuberculosis Infection * Screening for Tuberculosis * The Tuberculosis Vaccine.
Infobase Publishing; September 2011
129 pages; ISBN 9781438138350
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Title: Tuberculosis
Author: Alan Hecht