What's to Know About Atypical Tuberculosis?

Q:
What’s to know about atypical tuberculosis?

A:
Atypical tuberculosis is similar to TB. But it’s caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The disease most often affects people with weaker immune system.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood in sputum
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Unintentional weight loss

Causes of it include contact with M. avium-intracellulare or Mycobacterium kansasii. They are common types of atypical mycobacteria.

Exactly how they are transmitted remains unknown. But one thing is clear: they cannot spread among humans.

 

Keyword: atypical tuberculosis

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