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How can you prevent spreading tuberculosis (TB)?

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If you have TB, these tips can help keep others from getting it:

  • Take all your medicines as they’re prescribed.
  • Keep all your doctor appointments.
  • Always cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Seal the tissue in a plastic bag, then throw it away.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t visit other people and don’t invite them to visit you.
  • Stay home from work, school, or other public places.
  • Use a fan or open windows to move around fresh air.
  • Don’t use public transportation.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Tuberculosis: TB Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis Self-management.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Home Respiratory Precautions for Patients with Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis.”

Vaccines.gov: “Tuberculosis (TB).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 18, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Tuberculosis: TB Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis Self-management.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Home Respiratory Precautions for Patients with Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis.”

Vaccines.gov: “Tuberculosis (TB).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 18, 2018

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