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  1. Latent tuberculosis

    Latent tuberculosis, also called latent tuberculosis infection is where a patient is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but does not have active tuberculosis disease. Patients with latent tuberculosis are not infectious—it is not possible to get TB from someone with latent tuberculosis. The main risk is that approximately 10% of these patients will go on to develop active tuberculosis at a later stage of their life. This is particularly true under any of the following circumstances: ⁕if there is onset of a disease affecting the immune system or a disease whose treatment affects the immune system; ⁕malnutrition; ⁕degradation of the immune system due to aging. The identification and treatment of people with latent TB is an important part of controlling this disease.

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  1. Latent Tuberculosis

    The dormant form of TUBERCULOSIS where the person shows no obvious symptoms and no sign of the causative agent (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) in the SPUTUM despite being positive for tuberculosis infection skin test.

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