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14 Feb 2006

TB - dormant or contagious?
Hi Doc

I work in an office where one of the male staff has TB - Only the MD is supposed to know this as the employee feels it is a shameful disease. He got very sick in December and was off work for weeks, part of which he spent in hopsital. His doctor has put him on medication and told him it is a 6 month treatment.

My question is this: Is this person contagious? How at risk are the other people in the office? I was told that the affected employee doe not have "contagious TB" as he contracted it many years ago, that it is dormant in his system. How then did he get "actively" ill in December?
Most of us in the office have samll children - what is the risk?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Lee,
He is not contagious if he is on his treatment even if he must take it for 6 months. He probably had a flare up in Dec which could have made him contagious then. It may be a good idea to just go for a lung x/ray and screening test for TB if you worked in close contact with him. Unless you are sick your kids will be safe.
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