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Tuberculosis: causes, treatment and prevention strategies

Tuberculosis: causes, treatment and prevention strategies

From this pharmacy CPD module you will learn about:

  • The causes and prevalence of tuberculosis
  • The difference between active and latent disease
  • Risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis
  • Treatment, prevention strategies and advice pharmacists can offer

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by bacterium belonging to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, which includes Mycobacterium tuberculosis and in rare cases Mycobacterium bovis or africanum.(1) It is the second most common cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide.(2)

TB is commonly spread by the inhalation of infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of infected individuals, and this accounts for almost all cases of TB in the UK.(3)

TB is a notifiable disease in the UK. Under

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