Tb or not Tb--that is the question
Random cute pic of 3kids playing ring-around-the-rosey with 2 pigs.
When we left Guangzhou, with our positive Tb test, but clear chest X-ray, I thought that was the end of it. OH CONTRARE!!!
The pediatrician referred us to the health dept., because Tb is a public health issue, they track it, and treatment would be free.
Health Dept. wants to put Waid on meds for 9 months--gasp--
I was blind sided by all this, and need time to research. What I've learned so far:
**disclaimer: I am not a Dr., nor do I play one on TV**
^Asians have a higher incidence of false positives.
^In my talk with the HD, all info was based on Waid NOT having the BCG vaccine, because it was not listed on his immigration paperwork.
^ I later found on Chinese paperwork that he DID have the BCG vaccine!
^BCG vaccine recipients have a higher incident of false positives.
^A positive test (if truely positive) only means that at some point Waid was exposed to Tb.
^He is not a carrier (doesn't work that way with Tb), and is not a risk to anyone else.
^There is a slim chance, that if Waid has any dormant Tb germies in his system they could become active later in life, like when he is old and feeble.
^There is a special "gold" test that supposidly will tell, without a doubt, if Waid needs to be treated.
^That "gold" test is only deemed reliable by certain sources, after the age of 5.
SOOOOOOOOO, what are we doing??????????
Nothing. He turns 5 in Nov. We will then get the "gold" test, and go from there.
In the meantime I will research the drug more. It has been around since 1915, but, as with almost any drug, primary use is on adults. I am not convinced that 9mo of drugs in a 35lb body is a good thing, considering the VERY small chance that Tb would ever occur. I think of drugs like accutaine---supposidly the acne wonder drug of the 1990's, now look at all the lawsuits and after effects that are just now showing up.