Tuberculosis, Or Mycobacterium Tuberculosis By: Justin Gallagher and John Anliker

Tuberculosis was discovered by Robert Koch on March 24, 1882. Koch was working on the Tuberculosis epidemic at the time, and after a series of thorough experiments he deduced that a certain type of bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis was responsible for the disease. This discovery was made in Germany.

Some ailments caused by tuberculosis are: coughing (sometimes with mucus and blood), chills, fatigue, fever, loss of weight, loss of appetite, and night sweats.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air when a person with TB (whose lungs are affected) coughs, sneezes, spits, laughs, or talks. However, a stranger is less likely to give you tuberculosis than a friend, family member, or co-worker.

The treatment for tuberculosis involves drugs and antibiotics usually over a period of 6 months. The amount and type of drugs differs based on several factors including a person's age, health, type of TB, and area of infection. Tuberculosis can be prevented by vaccination, staying away from public places if you have the disease, and ventilation of rooms.

This is a chart that shows a drastic decrease in cases of Tuberculosis in New York City since 1992.

The discovery of tuberculosis helped to improve the way the medical community treated disease and sickness in several ways. Tuberculosis treatment helped to improve surgery, vaccinations, and patient isolation.

This picture shows an easier to understand version of how someone could be infected with Tuberculosis.

This chart shows the top ten countries where TB infects the most people.

This picture illustrates where different symptoms can be found.

Tuberculosis Video

MLA Citations:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 06 May 2016. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

"What Is Tuberculosis?" WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

McIntosh, James. "Tuberculosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments." Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

Mandal, MD Dr Ananya. "History of Tuberculosis." N.p., 03 Feb. 2014. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

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