Tuberculosis in our Las Vegas community.

tuberculosis outbreakRight now, the Southern Nevada Health District is testing hundreds of people for tuberculosis (TB). According to the Review-Journal, more than 200 people have already been tested for the contagious disease, and hundreds more may be in queue for testing.  While reports have linked the initial infections to raw milk products, the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria have apparently spread to others through human contact at a hospital here in Las Vegas. This is of special concern because small children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at high risk if they contract the disease.

Tuberculosis, also known as “TB”, is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While tuberculosis most commonly attacks the lungs, TB can spread throughout the body. TB travels through the air when a person sneezes, coughs, talks or even sings. For more information about TB, visit the CDC website. Cases of tuberculosis have recently been identified here in Las Vegas and apparently related to at least two deaths.

Identification of a Tuberculosis infection

Identification is not always easy. Being infected with the tuberculosis bacteria does not automatically mean that someone has the tuberculosis (TB) disease. A person can carry the bacteria in their body and not develop the disease. Those people with not be contagious nor show symptoms of the disease until the disease actually develops in their bodies. Others, however, can get the tuberculosis disease shortly after being exposed to the bacteria. Once the disease develops, the person can have the following symptoms: bad cough, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or phlegm, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, chills, fever and night sweats. You have to remember that tuberculosis can grow in different areas of the body, not just the lungs, so symptoms may vary.

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The American Lung Association reports that while Tuberculosis can be treated with a strict antibiotic regimen, it can be deadly if not treated. Also, individuals who do not stick to the strict antibiotic schedule can find that the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria in their bodies can become resistant to antibiotic treatment.  For more information, see here. These antibiotic resistant strains of TB are extremely hard to treat and dangerous, making it absolutely necessary that anyone being treated for tuberculosis (TB) follows the antibiotic treatment schedule

The American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both have a wealth of information about tuberculosis (TB). You can see more information online at and

The bottom line is that if you are concerned that you may have been exposed to the tuberculosis bacteria or someone who has the tuberculosis disease, you should speak to your medical professional immediately. If you have any questions about your legal rights concerning TB infection, you should call Morris//Anderson Law immediately at 333-1111.

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