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Mengenal Vaksin BCG dan Covid-19
17 March 2021, 4 view.

Tahun 2021 ini dunia memperingati 100 tahun ditemukannya vaksin BCG yang digunakan untuk tuberkulosis (TB), penyakit yang sudah ditemukan pada tahun 1882 dan masih jadi masalah kesehatan penting hingga hari ini.

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Covid-19, Tuberkulosis, dan Malaria
25 February 2021 | Views 18

Covid-19 sudah 10 bulan ada di dunia, dan praktis memengaruhi seluruh sendi kehidupan. Karena itu, dapat dimengerti bahwa perhatian penuh diberikan terhadap penanggulangan penyakit ini. Tapi perlu diingat bahwa banyak masalah kesehatan lain yang juga perlu mendapat perhatian.

Pengalaman sebelum ini menunjukkan, kalau sistem kesehatan kewalahan terhadap satu wabah tertentu maka kematian akibat penyakit lain, yang seharusnya dapat dicegah dan diobati, akan meningkat secara tajam. Pada kejadian wabah ebola di Afrika (2014-2015), peningkatan angka kematian akibat penyakit campak, HIV/AIDS, tuberkulosis (TB), dan malaria, ternyata lebih tinggi dari kematian akibat ebolanya sendiri.

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Tuberkulosis & COVID-19
25 February 2021 | Views 18

Kasus COVID-19 masih terus meningkat di dunia, dan juga di negara kita. Penambahan kasus per hari di Indonesia bahkan sudah ada yang lebih dari 14 ribu orang, dan angka kepositifan (positivity rate) yang tadinya sekitar 20 persen, artinya sekitar satu dari lima orang yang diperiksa ternyata positif COVID-19, bahkan pernah lebih dari 30 persen.  

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Tuberculosis and COVID-19: An overlapping situation during pandemic
2 March 2021 | Views 5
Introduction: The novel coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). First COVID-19 case was detected in March, 10, 2020 in Turkey and as of May, 18, 2020 148,067 cases have been identified and 4096 citizens have died. Tuberculosis (TB) is a worldwide public health concern, incidence of tuberculosis (per 100,000 people) in Turkey was reported at 14, 1 in 2018. During pandemic COVID-19 was the main concern in every clinic and as we discuss here overlapping respiratory diseases may result in delaying of the diagnosis and treatment.
Methodology: There were 4605 respiratory samples examined between March 23 and May 18 for COVID-19 and 185 samples for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in our laboratory. The Xpert Ultra assay was performed for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis; SARS-CoV-2 RNA was determined by real-time PCR (RT-PCR) analysis in combined nasopharyngeal and deep oropharyngeal swabs of suspected cases of COVID-19.
Results: Both of SARS-CoV-2 and M. tuberculosis tests were requested on the clinical and radiological grounds in 30 patients. Here we discussed 2 patients who were both COVID-19 and TB positive. One patient already diagnosed with tuberculosis become COVID-19 positive during hospitalization and another patient suspected and treated for COVID-19 received the final diagnosis of pulmonary TB and Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection.
Conclusions: We want to emphasize that while considering COVID-19 primarily during these pandemic days, we should not forget one of the “great imitators”, tuberculosis within differential diagnoses.
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