Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) Fact Sheet

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Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) Fact Sheet

Description

This fact sheet provides information about extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). It is also available in Spanish, Chinese, French, and Italian. This fact sheet answers the following questions:

  • What is XDR TB?
  • How is XDR TB spread?
  • Why is XDR TB so serious?
  • Who is at risk for getting XDR TB?
  • How can I prevent myself from getting TB?
  • Can the TB vaccine (BCG) help prevent XDR TB?
  • If I have regular (drug-susceptible) TB, how can I prevent getting drug-resistant TB?
  • Can XDR TB be treated and cured?
  • What are the symptoms of XDR TB?
  • What should I do if I have been around someone who has XDR TB?
  • How long does it take to find out if you have XDR TB?
  • Is XDR TB a problem in the United States?
  • How many cases of XDR TB have been reported in the United States?
  • Is it safe to travel to countries where cases of XDR TB have been reported?
  • What is the risk of acquiring TB on an airplane?
  • What can health care providers do to prevent XDR TB?
  • Are immigrants putting the United States at increased risk for TB?
  • Why haven’t we heard about XDR TB before now?
  • What is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doing to prevent XDR TB from becoming a bigger problem?

Developer:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

History

Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: July 2007
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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