Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis isn’t history, and it’s much more dangerous than malaria or Ebola - Jens Erik Gould

Tuberculosis (TB)

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The Danger of Ignoring Tuberculosis

A century or so ago, tuberculosis was everywhere. It killed babies and brides, firemen and heads of state. The colloquial term of the era, “consumption,” littered the obituary pages and underscored how ubiquitous the disease was. Tuberculosis was so pervasive it eventually consumed you.

Actually, “consumption” got its name from the severe weight loss that so many of the afflicted suffered. The other 19th-century nickname for tuberculosis was even more evocative: “the white plague,” on account of the ashen complexion of its victims.

The novelist Charles Dickens wrote of tuberculosis in 1838 as “a dread disease” which “medicine never cured,” and which “wealth never warded…

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 The Danger of Ignoring Tuberculosis

Despite its reputation as an illness of the past, the deadly disease is as much of a threat to people in America as Ebola and Zika.

Stop TB Partnership

The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality diagnosis , treatment and care is available to all who need it.

The person in charge of the site and who does the main writing for the site is Annabel Kanabus. Annabel has an expert knowledge of HIV infection and Tuberculosis (TB) and has been writing about these subjects for more than thirty years. This included starting and being the volunteer chief executive for many years of the charity AVERT. Annabel has written a history of her time at AVERT and what it was like working for an HIV/AIDS charity in the early years of the HIV epidemic. History of AVERT. Annabel started the website which continues to be one of the most popular HIV/AIDS websites in the world. After a period of ill health Annabel left AVERT in 2011 and subsequently set up, having learnt about the impact TB has on people with HIV.

Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative

TBVI is an independent non-profit foundation that facilitates the development of new vaccines to protect future generations against tuberculosis.


Now, after decades of research, there is a renewed optimism for TB vaccines.


Tuberculosis is a speciality journal focusing on basic experimental research on tuberculosis, notably on bacteriological, immunological and pathogenesis aspects of the disease. The journal publishes original research and reviews on the host response and immunology of tuberculosis and the molecular biology, genetics and physiology of the organism.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The global TB mortality rate fell by 35 percent between 1990 and 2009, but TB remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with almost 9 million new cases reported each year.

California Tuberculosis Controllers Association

To eliminate of the threat of tuberculosis from California through leadership and the development of excellence in tuberculosis prevention and treatment.


TB is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal. TB disease was once the leading cause of death in the United States.


One of the most dreaded diseases of the 19th century, TB was the eighth leading cause of death in children 1 to 4 years of age during the 1920s. As the general standard of living and medical care improved in the United States, the incidence of TB decreased. By the 1960s, it wasn't even in the top 10 causes of death among children of any age group.


Once rare in developed countries, tuberculosis infections began increasing in 1985, partly because of the emergence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens a person's immune system so it can't fight the TB germs. In the United States, because of stronger control programs, tuberculosis began to decrease again in 1993, but remains a concern.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

An ancient disease, TB remains one of the major causes of disability and death worldwide. In 2010, an estimated 8.8 million people fell ill with TB, including 1.1 million cases among people with HIV, according to the World Health Organization. Of the 1.4 million deaths, 95 percent occurred in developing countries. NIAID is part of the global research community that is committed to finding new ways to better understand, diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent TB.

National Prevention Information Network

Welcome! Looking for the latest TB prevention news? Information on the connection between TB and HIV/AIDS?


Tuberculosis News

Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in the world from a bacterial infectious disease. The disease affects 1.8 billion people/year which is equal to one-third of the entire world population.


Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne infectious disease that is preventable and curable. WHO is working to dramatically reduce the burden of TB, and halve TB deaths and prevalence by 2015, through its Stop TB Strategy and supporting the Global Plan to Stop TB.

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