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What is Tuberculosis (TB)?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB most commonly affects the lungs but the bacterial infection can affect almost any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain.

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It is estimated that a third of the world's population is infected with the bacteria that causes TB. Each year about 8 million people develop the disease and up to 2.5 million people worldwide are killed by it. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, more than 14,000 cases were reported in 2003 in the United States.

For example, in the past, the Department of Health and St. Barnarbas Hospital in the Bronx announced a nurse working at the New York hospital was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The nurse worked in the postpartum, well-baby nursery, neonatal intensive care and psychiatric units, and has potentially exposed 700 people, including 238 babies, to Tuberculosis (TB).

How Does Tuberculosis (TB) Affect the Body?

Initially, there may be no symptoms showing signs of tuberculosis infection. When symptoms do develop, they may commonly include:

  • a persistent cough, usually for more than three weeks
  • night sweats for weeks or months
  • pain in the chest
  • coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
  • chills
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • high temperature
  • shortness of breath

Tuberculosis (TB) is spread through the air from one person to another when a person infected with active TB coughs or sneezes. People nearby who breathe in the bacterium can become infected easily in New York. Contact our New York Tuberculosis Attorney now if you suspect you or a family member has been exposed to Tuberculosis.

Who is at risk of being infected by Tuberculosis (TB)?

Anyone can get TB. However, people who are at greater risk of developing TB include:

  • children and older people
  • smokers
  • those living in overcrowded conditions
  • those who have a poor diet
  • people with HIV
  • the homeless
  • those who have a weakened immune system because of other medical conditions, such as diabetes, or because of other medical therapy, such as immuno-suppressant medication

Legal Help for New York Victims of Tuberculosis

If you, a family member, or a friend have been infected by Tuberculosis in New York, please contact New York Tuberculosis Attorney of Finz & Finz, P.C. at (855) TOP-FIRM today or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on the right of this page for Injury Attorneys to review.

Related News for Tuberculosis

Detroit Incident Recalls St. Barnabas Exposure

March 07, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A health care worker in Michigan may have exposed over 600 people to tuberculosis over the last year and a half. The worker tested positive for the dangerous disease only recently, leading to a scramble to identify and notify as many potentially exposed people as possible. The worker was employed at three different facilities over that time, casting a wide net of potential infection.
 
It has been ten years since a similar incident at St. Barnabas hospital in New York risked the lives and health of hundreds of patients, including infants. Whenever an incident like this occurs, it makes it clear just how vulnerable the health system is to the spread of disease, as a single infected worker can make hundreds of people ill.
 
Tuberculosis is a dangerous disease for a variety of reasons, including the fact it can lay dormant in the system for years. Symptoms of tuberculosis include:
 
  • A persistent cough
  • Blood in phlegm
  • High fever
  • Chills and body aches
A skin test can determine whether or not a person has been exposed to tuberculosis, but diagnosing an active case requires symptomology. Untreated tuberculosis can be fatal, and in some instances drug resistant strains of tuberculosis have caused significant treatment difficulties. Containing the spread of the infection is important, as it could mutate again and become even more difficult to treat.
 
If you have been exposed to tuberculosis, life can become much more complicated. For those with a career in the health and social services field, obtaining work can become much more complicated, and there can be significant medical bills associated with the diagnosis. Please, consult with an experienced attorney about making a case against the person or company responsible for the exposure.

Continue Reading: Detroit Incident Recalls St. Barnabas Exposure

Schools and Illness: One More Worry for Parents

August 25, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We live in an age of parental uncertainty, especially when it comes to the safety of our children at schools.  We worry about gangs and teenage pregnancy, about bullying and school shootings, and then about the more simple worries like broken hearts and bad decisions.  In Sacramento, California, a new and terrifying worry has emerged.

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