WHO: Tuberculosis numbers drop to 8.7M new cases
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
- Duration 3:05
- Date Nov 18, 2012
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
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-- of another disease that is affecting millions tuberculosis you may think it's not around but a new study finds a number of new cases -- -- but doctors are still mourning the infectious disease is spreading.
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Well -- I would this one we're doing actually much better tuberculosis is a second cause of death.
Among the infectious disease right after HIV.
In this country we're fine because we're getting tested we get the PPD skid test.
We get the injection is sort of were covered but a lot of other countries.
It was Pakistan you know Russia would it -- this kind of financial riposte is epidemic.
Africa is very -- because -- HIV.
Infections are hard and that causes immune system to go down to get tuberculosis.
It's obviously passed on from person to person by coffin dropped let's.
Unfortunately many countries such as in London in grand -- and US as a result of global travel.
We see these bacteria is coming so we have to be aware of it.
What the good news is that the numbers are going down.
Did drug resistant tuberculosis.
Is high and that's partly because either we're not treating them well where they are not getting the appropriate.
Vindication but I think in this country -- so far we're okay.
Actually Jamie in this I want to take a different -- -- in perspective on this in this country we have about 101000 cases which is down.
About 6% -- the lowest recorded since the 1950s.
Because of the reasons David is mentioning were actually isolating people that have that we're making sure their -- items are clear it's something under the microscope we call a red snapper and dramatic looking an acid fast and you look at looks like a hook.
Literally and we're looking for it we're treating it early and we're treating it for at least six months.
The problem is coming from other countries.
We have 40% of the tuberculosis in the world is in India and China and if they don't get a full course of treatment or they are not isolated properly.
You get that resistant tuberculosis that's becoming epidemic.
So even as the numbers go down the resistant strains go up they come here -- the people travel here.
They bringing tuberculosis into the country one of the most.
Biggest problems with TB is what's being brought in from a foreign countries right now.
So we have to get our information out there would do something called -- PPD.
A -- -- a purified protein derivative how we remember as a kid I Giuliani after the -- -- -- -- that what's different now we we put a tiny bit in objection that's when George circle around it and you -- come back in two days and see if it grows.
25 to fifteen millimeters and then will we see you're exposed we treat you for that exposure before you get rip roaring.
At that -- well of course but but and sometimes this is a good point because a lot of people that come from foreign countries.
As a kid they may have had some it CG and entity.
And that may be positive for life so you have to get a -- experience.
And of course in the field of urology occasionally -- -- It's EG four bladder cancer and you've made.
Cause -- -- positive so you want to discuss that we do doctor.
That you have a history everything you have gotten its at BCG treatment arts and -- else to talk to your doctor about if you're going tomorrow apps and I just want to say.