IS TUBERCULOSIS A FAMILIAL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE? HIGH TIME TO STRENGTHEN CONTACT SCREENING

  • Timsi Jain Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Raja Jd Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Raja Jd Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Ruma Dutta Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Ruma Dutta Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Sivaprakasam P Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Sivaprakasam P Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Jayashri D Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Jayashri D Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Gomathy Parasuraman Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Gomathy Parasuraman Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Yogesh Mohan Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Yogesh Mohan Department of Community Medicine, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai - 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract

 Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a highly communicable disease and represents a serious public health problem. In the absence of active case detection and early diagnosis among close contacts of a known TB patient, the family members are at high risk of developing the disease and are the potential source of spread of the disease in the community. Here, we discuss a case of pulmonary TB which stresses on the importance and urgent need for screening all household contacts and for early diagnosis and treatment of all cases and susceptible contacts.

Keywords: Pulmonary tuberculosis, Household contacts, Case detection, Early diagnosis, Treatment

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Jain, T., R. Jd, R. Jd, R. Dutta, R. Dutta, S. P, S. P, J. D, J. D, G. Parasuraman, G. Parasuraman, Y. Mohan, and Y. Mohan. “IS TUBERCULOSIS A FAMILIAL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE? HIGH TIME TO STRENGTHEN CONTACT SCREENING”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, Vol. 11, no. 2, Feb. 2018, pp. 7-8, doi:10.22159/ajpcr.2018.v11i2.23182.
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