Tuberculosis and influenza – a double threat: An alarm bell by Professor Ioannis Kioumis

Tuberculosis and influenza – a double threat: An alarm bell by Professor Ioannis Kioumis
Tuberculosis and influenza – a double threat: An alarm bell by Professor Ioannis Kioumis

The emeritus professor of Pulmonology of the AUTH, Ioannis Kioumis, warns that the flu is potentially fatal. Referring to tuberculosis, he emphasized that it is acquiring a remarkable resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs.

Asked about the flu, Mr. Koumis pointed out that “It’s not a cold. It can be potentially fatal for some patients,” underscoring the importance of vaccination for this type of virus as well.

Referring to tuberculosis, the emeritus professor of Pulmonology of AUTH, said that clearly there are fewer cases and much fewer deaths, but there is an “emerging danger”, as tuberculosis acquires a remarkable resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs.

Listen to the interview in the GRTimes.gr video:

“If we are not careful there is a fear of returning to the pre-antibiotic era of tuberculosis”, characteristically said Mr. Kioumis, speaking to Real Fm 107.1 Thessaloniki and explained what both doctors and patients should do.

Kioumis: The battle with the coronavirus and mutations

“I consider myself lucky – unlucky to have had this experience,” said Mr. Kioumis about the period of the pandemic, talking about unique moments and experiences in the life of a doctor that had to do with the way patients were treated, with the tragedies they saw unfold in front of them, but also with the joys “for the victories we had against the disease”.

The emeritus professor of Pulmonology of AUTH pointed out that the long-term damage caused by the coronavirus to the body is not yet fully known. “What is certain is that the infection is not as simple for some as it seems”, write down.

“There are consequences that follow them for a long time,” he said characteristically, adding that it is not yet known if the damage caused is permanent. That is why he emphasizes the need “to avoid infection”, observing the measures recommended each time by the experts and getting the vaccine.

Mr. Kioumis will speak at the upcoming conference organized in Thessaloniki on the management of respiratory system infections.

Source: Newsit.gr, GRTimes.gr

The article is in Greek

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