Tuberculosis : Tuberculosis And The World Health Organization

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Tuberculosis Epidemiology
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014, 9.6 million Americans were infected with the Tuberculosis (TB) disease. Over the years many programs and initiatives have been implemented to decrease the occurrences of TB disease in America. As long individuals are educated on the prevention of tuberculosis fatal complications can be prevented through early treatment. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the description of Tuberculosis and the demographic of interest, determinants of health and how determinants contribute to the development of Tuberculosis, epidemiologic triangle, role of the community health nurse, and the World Health Organization that works to address Tuberculosis.
Description of Tuberculosis and the Demographic of Interest
Moreover, the causative bacteria of the Tuberculosis disease is Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. TB normally infiltrates the lungs, kidney, spine and brain (CDC, 2012). There are two differences with Tuberculosis disease and Latent Tuberculosis. With Latent Tuberculosis the bacteria resides with in the body without infecting others, and can only develop to Tuberculosis disease if the individual develops a low immune system. Such as with individuals with cancer or HIV, in which from that point TB can be transmitted to others. The symptoms that normally presents with TB disease is a persistent cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, blood tinged sputum or coughing up…
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