People with CF all carry germs, all of the time, in their airways-both lung and sinuses.
Gone are the summer camps and dance parties of Lockwood’s youth.
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But along with the medical advances comes increasing isolation: Doctors now know that contact between one person with CF and another can be deadly.
Most recently, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the national nonprofit that funds research and accredits hospital centers that treat CF patients, announced its recommendations for stricter infection control guidelines.
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To have CF, you need to have inherited two faulty copies of the gene (one from each parent), and as there are many different gene mutations that cause cystic fibrosis, each person with the condition can have very different symptoms depending on the two genes they carry.Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that causes the body to produce mucus that's extremely thick and sticky.The mucus is thicker than normal because CF affects cells in the epithelium (pronounced: eh-puh-THEE-lee-um), the layer of cells that lines the passages in the body's organs.The thicker mucus has trouble moving out of the lungs, so bacteria can remain and cause infections.The thick mucus also is in the pancreas — an organ that produces proteins called enzymes that flow into the intestine to support the body's digestion process.And the sorts of bacteria that they share tend to shorten their life span.