Tuberculosis is one of the most common infections in the world. Around two billion people suffer from tuberculosis and each year it kills up to three million people worldwide. Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and in this article, Accident Advice Helpline looks at some of the most common ways that tuberculosis can be contracted.
The most common way in which tuberculosis is spread is by the contact with other human being who has been infected by tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an extremely contagious illness and can spread like wildfire. Many people suffering from tuberculosis will not display the symptoms such as a hacking cough. This is known as latent tuberculosis and can be extremely dangerous as an infected person may not even know they are infected, putting others at serious risks.
Contact with badgers
In recent years, there has been evidence unearthed that suggests badgers are responsible for the transmission of a strain of Bovine Tuberculosis. This is why there have been calls for badger culls in the UK in recent years. The evidence at this stage is still inconclusive and many experts question the cull of badgers in efforts to reduce the rates of tuberculosis. Various studies suggest that badgers are responsible for the strain of tuberculosis in cattle and other evidence points to the contrary such as the strains of Bovine Tuberculosis present in the Isle of Man which does not have a badger population.In any case, it is best to avoid contact with badgers in order to prevent the spread of Tuberculosis.
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Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice