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Cystic Fibrosis

People with CF Together

03/05/2010

Question:

Why can’t people with CF be together in the same room/place?

Answer:

People with CF all carry germs, all of the time, in their airways-both lung and sinuses. However, not all people carry around the same germs. Some people carry more problematic germs (more likely to cause problems to the person with those germs) than others do. Unfortunately, those germs can definitely be passed from one person with CF to another, possibly causing risk to the newly infected person. So, we ask that people with CF avoid close contact with others with CF, unless they are family members.

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Response by:

John S Heintz, MD John S Heintz, MD
Former Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University