Tuberculosis or TB is a bacterial infection that mainly affects the lungs. It can, however, affect other organs in the body (i.e. spine, brain, liver). TB has been around for centuries. Evidence has been found in the spines of mummies dating back as early as 460 B.C.
During these early years TB was referred to as consumption as the disease would "consume" those infected or, white plague due to the very pale pallor of its victims.
It wasn't until 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the cause of consumption to be Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, thus giving it the name we know it by now and setting the stage for ongoing research of treatments and prevention.
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How TB works
Signs and Symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Loss of energy
- Bloody sputum (phlegm)
Symptoms can vary depending on which part of the body is infected with Tuberculosis.