Tuberculosis Patient Refuses Treatment

Tuberculosis Patient Refuses Treatment

Tuberculosis (TB) can be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening disease if left untreated. It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and primarily affects the lungs, although it can also spread to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, bones, and kidneys.

When a person with TB infects others, it is usually through the air when they cough, sneeze, talk, or spit. If a person with TB does not receive proper treatment, the bacteria can multiply and spread to other parts of the body, causing serious health problems such as lung damage, difficulty breathing, and low red blood cell counts.

A woman from Tacoma refused tuberculosis treatment

A resident in Tacoma, Washington, has been repeatedly court-ordered to receive treatment for its active tuberculosis, yet has refused to isolate or take the necessary medications, according to NBC News. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has obtained multiple court orders over the past year compelling the individual to isolate and get treated, but previous orders have not been followed.

The latest court order, issued on January 20th, grants the health department the authority to test, treat, and detain the woman starting next week. The health department is currently monitoring the situation and working with the woman’s family.

Tuberculosis (TB) is usually treated with a combination of antibiotics for a period of at least six to nine months. The specific antibiotics used and the duration of treatment depends on several factors, including the type of TB, the person’s overall health, and any previous treatment received.

The most common combination of antibiotics used to treat TB is called “directly observed therapy” (DOT). This means that a healthcare provider or a trusted family member or friend observes the person taking their medication to ensure they complete the full course of treatment.

If left untreated, TB can also become resistant to antibiotics, making it even more dangerous and difficult to treat. People with weakened immune systems, such as those living with HIV, are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from TB.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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