Myths And Stigma Stoke TB Epidemic In Tajikistan
July 02, 2013
The difficulty with treating tuberculosis is that it takes months of antibiotics, sometimes even years, to drive the bacteria out of a person’s body. Orion’s grandmoth er has been on and off TB treatment for years, and Martin has just confirmed that she still has active, infectious TB.
The grandmoth er insists that TB comes from the cold, and that Orion got it from swimming in the cold river. “He likes fish,” Abdulloeva says of her grandson. “So he was saying, “Fish, fish” and going to the river. That’s why he got the TB.”
Martin insists to the Abdulloeva that TB is spread through the air.
The 66-year-old woman flatly dismisses the nurse’s explanation. “No, its from cold,” Abdulloeva says.
Orion’s grandfather, Mahmadaly Qurbonaliev, next suggests that a local clergyman may have put a spell on the boy, and that’s why he still cannot walk.
Some people even think the coughing and wasting away is a genetic condition, Martin says.
“Father has TB, daughter has TB, granddaughter has TB — you can understand in a way why they believe it’s genetic.”
A Boston Family’s Struggle With TB Reveals A Stubborn Foe
June 03, 2013
Thanks to gold-standard tuberculosis treatment and prevention programs, cases of TB in the United States have declined every year for the past two decades — to the lowest level ever.
One-third of the human race is infected with tuberculosis, a persistent public health problem that kills 1.4 million people a year.
She should have been quarantined at a TB treatment center until she was no longer contagious.
But she was discharged over Martin Luther King weekend 2011, and public health officials didn’t get notified in time.
They had the legal power to require her to stay in the hospital for treatment.