Tuberculosis And AIDS Quarantines -- Ineffective Strategies Term Paper

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Disease Type: Term Paper Paper: #11097091 Related Topics: Casual, Aids, Bacteria, Disease
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Tuberculosis and AIDS Quarantines -- Ineffective Strategies of Disease Control

Imagine this. You sit next to someone in a crowded subway car, or come into contact with someone on a daily basis because they live in the same apartment complex. That person coughs frequently, and sometimes spits up blood. Later you find out that person had a contagious disease -- tuberculosis. Then you start to cough. You go to your doctor and find out that same person passed that same contagious illness onto you, because the ailment can be passes through casual contact, simply by breathing in the bacteria through the air. According to the Center for Disease Control, "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." ("Questions and Answers about TB: How is Tuberculosis Spread?" 2005)

To contain TB in America in the 1950's, it was proposed that individuals should be quarantined, if they were found to have the illness because it was potentially deadly. "TB bacteria can death in the United States ... Starting in the 1940s; scientists discovered the first of several medicines now used to treat TB. As a result, TB slowly began to decrease in the United States. But in the 1970s and early 1980s, the country let its guard down and TB control efforts were neglected. As a result, between 1985 and 1992, the number of TB cases increased. However, with increased funding and attention to the TB problem, we have had a steady decline in the number of persons with TB since 1992. But TB is still a problem; more than 14,000 cases were reported in 2003 in the United States." ("Questions and Answers about TB: What is TB & How is TB Spread," 2005)

In two essential features, TB shares some commonalities with the…

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CDC. (2005) "Questions and Answers about TB: How is Tuberculosis Spread?" Article Retrieved 30 Apr 2005 at http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/faqs/qa_introduction.htm#Intro1

CDC. (2005) "Questions and Answers about TB: What is TB?" Article Retrieved 30 Apr 2005 at http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/faqs/qa_introduction.htm#Intro3


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