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Do people with TB have to be quarantined?

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If you have active TB of the lungs, you can infect other people. For that reason, your doctor will tell you to stay home during the first few weeks of treatment, until you’re no longer contagious. You’ll have to wear a special mask if you have visitors or need to go to the doctor’s office.

You may be quarantined if you go into public without a mask or don’t take your antibiotics properly. That means you’ll live separately from people who don’t have the infection, often in a clinic or hospital. People with dangerous strains, such as an extensively drug-resistant TB, are also quarantined. The goal is to prevent the spread of the disease.

SOURCES:

Brian W. Christman, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

CDC: “Questions and Answers About Tuberculosis” and “Tuberculosis.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Tuberculosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis.”

World Health Organization: “Tuberculosis.”

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Brian W. Christman, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

CDC: “Questions and Answers About Tuberculosis” and “Tuberculosis.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Tuberculosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis.”

World Health Organization: “Tuberculosis.”

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

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 24, 2019

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