Every second someone is infected with tuberculosis. What is tuberculosis, how is it spread and how can it be treated?
- Tuberculosis is caused by an airborne bacterium and is highly contagious.
- If the immune system is weakened, the bacteria can settle in the lungs and form tubercules filled with dead cells.
- The patient will suffer with coughing bouts, bringing up dead cells, blood and damaged tissue.
- If left untreated, the bacteria will destroy the lungs and attack the brain, bones and kidneys.
Every second, someone in the world is infected by tuberculosis bacteria.
A disease we thought we had conquered, tuberculosis is still rife.
One third of the world's population now carries tuberculosis bacteria.
TB is caused by a bacterium –
Before the 1930s tuberculosis was a major cause of death.
But after the introduction of ...