TB can infect any part of the body and can remain in a latent state for periods of time. Coughing and sneezing are the most common causes of TB transmission. Typically, TB targets the lungs and throat. During the latency period, the TB-resistant host is not contagious. Testing and drug-treatments are now available for TB.
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All about TB (Tuberculosis)
|Name||Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the species of bacterium that causes the TB disease. The name White Plague comes from the paleness of people with TB.|
|Where It Lives||People are infected by breathing in airborne TB bacteria. TB disease is caused when the immune system can’t stop the bacteria from multiplying in the body. Therefore, people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing the disease. Sometimes, people can be infected without being contagious or becoming sick. This condition is called latent TB infection. Fun gift for doctors or historians!|
|Symptoms||The bacteria attack the lungs, which can cause coughing and chest pain. Other symptoms include chills, fever, night sweats, weakness, and loss of appetite.|
|Cure||There is a vaccine. People with latent TB infection should take drugs to prevent the disease. People with TB disease should take 6-9 months worth of antimycobacterial drugs like isoniazid. Without treatment, the disease can progress and become fatal.|
1882: Robert Koch discovered the bacterium that causes TB- Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
1921: The BCG vaccine for TB, developed by Calmette and Guerin, was introduced.
1952: Selman Waksman awarded Nobel Prize for methods leading to the discovery of streptomycin, the first drug to treat TB. Albert Schatz and Elizabeth Bugie were also part of the research team.
1700-1900: The White Plague in Europe caused millions of deaths.
1992: TB in the United States peaked for the decade with >26,600 cases for the year.
March 2015: 27 people at a Kansas High School have TB.
TB was one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. in the early 1900’s.
Famous People Who Had TB:
Eleanor Roosevelt died of a drug resistant strain of TB.