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If you are sick enough that you need to be in the hospital:
• You may be on respiratory isolation. This prevents others from getting
• You will be isolated until you have been on TB medicines for 2-3 weeks
or until your sputum is not infected.
• Anyone who comes into your room will wear a mask.
• The door to your room will be closed.
• You will need to wear a mask when you are out of your room.

If you have a positive skin test or have TB:
• Cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze or laugh. Then, wash your
• Wash your hands before meals.
• Eat 3 meals and drink 6-8 glasses of liquids each day.
• Go to all doctor appointments.
Call your doctor right away if you:
• Have a worse cough.
• Cough up blood.
• Have trouble breathing.
• Lose weight even when you are eating a good diet.
• Have fevers or night sweats.
• Have brown urine or gray stools.
• Have yellow skin or yellow eyes.

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

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