Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Tuberculosis Day

National Tuberculosis Day is held every August 19 due to Proclamation No. 840 signed by President Fidel Ramos on July 30, 1996.

Tuberculosis is one of the oldest diseases known to affect humans and likely have existed in prehominids. This disease is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. If properly treated, TB caused by drug susceptible strains is curable in all cases. If untreated, disease may be fatal within 5 years in 50-65% of cases.

It is advised that coughing of more than two weeks for Filipinos should give suspicion of tuberculosis. A person infected with this disease may infect as many as 20 people so it is important to consult with a doctor immediately. Treatment of tuberculosis is covered by the “TB Treatment Through DOTS Package” of PhilHealth. For more details, check http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/members/special_package/tbdots_benefits.htm.


Raviglione, M. C., and O’Brien, R. J. 2012. Tuberculosis. In Longo, D. L., Fauci, A. S., Kasper, D. L., Hauser, S. L., Jameson, J. L., and Loscalzo (Eds.), Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (Vol. 1; 18th ed.; pp. 1340-1359). United States of America: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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