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Posted in Health also... but need some information on where it lives etc...THANK YOU!!!!

where does tuberculosis live? and how long?? i just found out that the person that lived in our apt before us had Tuberculosis and had it very severely. Weve only live here about 3 weeks. and im wanting to get some information on TB. Im pregnant and if it can live this long im worried about having a baby in the apt and being pregnant. the people that lived here before moved out 1 week before we moved in and the carpet is not new either....any information if you have any would be appreciated thanks.!

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Asked by KelsoBabeyy at 12:05 AM on Dec. 3, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • it doesnt stay in the walls and stuff, and as long as they cleaned the carpets after you moved out, you should be ok.. i think it has to be transfered through close contact to that person??

    Answer by sunshinebaby209 at 12:07 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • It lives in the lungs but is VERY contagious. You need to call the health dept and find out if the landlord should have done something before you guys moved in. You may need to take a PPD test at some point to make sure you do not have it.


    Answer by Southerncharmes at 12:08 AM on Dec. 3, 2008


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:11 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • How is TB spread?
    TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The bacteria are put into the air when a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

    When a person breathes in TB bacteria, the bacteria can settle in the lungs and begin to grow. From there, they can move through the blood to other parts of the body, such as the kidney, spine, and brain.

    TB in the lungs or throat can be infectious. This means that the bacteria can be spread to other people. TB in other parts of the body, such as the kidney or spine, is usually not infectious.

    People with active TB disease are most likely to spread it to people they spend time with every day. This includes family members, friends, and coworkers.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:11 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • ah i see im wrong.. if the landlord knew and didnt tell you, you can also file a complaint for negligence

    Answer by sunshinebaby209 at 12:12 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • also:
    You don't get TB by just touching the clothes or shaking the hands of someone who is infected. Tuberculosis is spread (transmitted) primarily from person to person by breathing infected air during close contact.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:13 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • Its not going to just live for weeks on surfaces.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:14 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • Mycobacterium Terbuculosis can live outside the host for an extended period of time. The bacteria is called an encapsid which means that the outer part of the cell wall is like a shell and protects the contents for a long period. It can live in soil, vents, and bedding. The room should be disenfected with bleach or Hilphine (which is proven to kill encapsids like TB.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:18 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY EXPOSURE TO TUBERCULOSIS AT ALL, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR HAVE KIDS, GO TO THE DOCTOR NOW!!!! I was exposed to TB when I was about 3 or 4 and it is so serious that you have to take a medicine that completely makes you non-susceptible to it. Honey you need to go get the medicine. You don't want to take chances. I don't know if it's just blood-borne or air-borne or what, but still get checked out.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 12:18 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • ô€º TB is relatively difficult to become infected with compared to most diseases
    that are transmitted through the air, such as measles.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

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