- Swine flu is a droplet infection, while TB is droplet nuclei infection. What’s that?
- Droplet infection = Infected particles of size > 5 microns & Droplet nuclei infection = < 5 microns.
- This essentially makes TB more easily transmittable – hospital can be a place where TB is transmitted to other patients and healthcare staff.
- While prevention of flu requires simple three layered mask, the one for TB prevention requires N95 mask.
Discuss: An estimate – In India, 2.1 MM new TB cases occur annually and 2,40,000 TB deaths occur every year. The article speaks about an ethical liability with the patient to disclose his/ her illness