posted on Mar, 2 2013 @ 11:55 AM
Although this is something "scary" in many peoples eyes. One third of the world's population is thought to have been infected with M.
tuberculosis,with new infections occurring at a rate of about one per second. So with improper treatment practices, and patients who stop taking their
medications when " they feel better, " rather than when they are finished the prescription like they are told. Events like this are bound to pop up.
TB is a bacterial infection of the lungs, not a virus. The Bacteria can survive outside of a host as well as with in hosts for a very long time. This
in part is why it is so important to follow treatment to the utmost detail. Many people infected by the M. TB bacteria will not exhibit symptoms for a
very long time, some not at all.
TB is a high risk disease for those with compromised immune systems, especially HIV. Only about 5-10% of people who are not infected with HIV, or
seriously compromised immune systems(cancer patients, other immune compromised individuals.) actually develop an infection due to M. TB. How ever, if
you do have a compromised immune system your chances of developing a TB infection jump to 30% and up. So as scary as a drug resistant bacteria sounds,
if your immune system is good your chances of catching this bacteria and developing Tuberculosis is actually pretty small.
Smokers do have a higher risk of contracting TB, as well as those suffering from malnutrition, or confined spaces with others that may TB for long
periods of time. TB is of more concern in nations where poverty; over crowding, and malnutrition are a problem.
I wouldn't panic at this point, as cases like these have popped up in the modern world, with out a massive outbreak. This should be a lesson for all
those who are prescribed medications, take them properly. Dispose of them properly, do not give others left over Anti-biotics. As well, as a
motivational factor in finding new ways to treat infections. Not every illness needs anti-biotics, our bodies are capable of fighting off diseases,
and unfortunately that may come with an extended period of feeling like #, but it's actually better for you in the long run.