Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Infections

  • Authors: Richard E. Chaisson, MD (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 3/30/17 (What's New)

Summary

  • TB is transmitted via inhalation of respiratory droplets from individuals with untreated or ineffectively treated TB
  • Transmission in health facilities is an important route of infection for patients in high-burden settings
  • Healthcare workers are at heightened risk of infection because of frequent contact with patients with infectious TB

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