This image depicts what is called a sputum collection spot, which had been set up outside a clinic at a tuberculosis dispensary located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In this way, a patient who is asked to deliver a sputum specimen, stands outside the unit, inside a three-sided, partial enclosure, in order to minimize the risk of contamination to other patients, and staff. One tuberculosis ward staff member was standing outside the collection spot, dressed in a full complement of personal protective equipment (PPE), awaiting the hand-off of the patient’s sputum sample.
“TB is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.” For more information regarding this illness, click on the link below.