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How Are Germs Spread?

There are a number of ways germs can be spread, but the most common are by direct and indirect contact and through the air.

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    Why Are Some Germs Particularly Dangerous for People With CF?

    Despite significant progress treating cystic fibrosis, infections remain a serious problem and can lead to worsening lung disease or death.

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    Pseudomonas

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa are strains of bacteria that are widely found in the environment. Pseudomonas is a major cause of lung infections in people with cystic fibrosis. The bacteria thrive in moist environments and equipment, such as humidifiers and catheters in hospital wards, and in kitchens, bathrooms, pools, hot tubs and sinks.

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    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

    MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria can cause an infection on the skin and in the lungs. It is resistant to several common antibiotics. But MRSA can be treated with some antibiotics, nose drops and other therapies.

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    Burkholderia Cepacia Complex (B. Cepacia)

    The Burkholderia cepacia complex (B. cepacia) consists of different species of bacteria that are found in the natural environment. Some of these species pose serious risks to the health of a person with cystic fibrosis.

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    Aspergillus and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

    Aspergillus species is a fungus that often lives in the airways of adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis. When people develop an allergic reaction to Aspergillus, it is called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

    Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are a group of bacteria that live in soil, swamps and water sources.

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    Influenza (the Flu)

    Influenza or “the flu” is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. For people with cystic fibrosis, getting the flu may cause a worsening of symptoms and lead to a faster decline in lung function.

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    Get Germ Smart Poster

    Preventing infections is a team effort. Hang this poster where others can learn how to get germ smart.

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    3 Steps for Health Poster

    People with CF face increased risk of infection. This poster will show others the three simple steps they can take to avoid germs and infections.

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    Germs and CF: The Facts

    People with cystic fibrosis are at greater risk of getting lung infections because thick, sticky mucus builds up in their lungs, allowing germs to thrive and multiply. Fortunately, there are steps that people with CF, their family members and caregivers can take to avoid germs whenever possible.

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