In 1882, Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB. Read more >>
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This moving three-minute video features the powerful voices of TB survivors from around the world.
As a community health specialist with USAID’s Quality Health Care Project in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I educate community members, medical workers, patients, and their families about tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis, treatment, and infection control. My job involves being constantly available and responsive to the needs of patients and their families, and I tend to work unusual hours [...]
Originally posted to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation blog. Too many people around the world have forgotten about the dangers of tuberculosis – particularly for mothers and children. TB is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be spread in saliva, most often through coughing, sneezing, or exhaling in close quarters. While TB has [...]
There is some really exciting news in the world of TB diagnostics. If you haven’t heard already, there is a new molecular diagnostic test developed by Cepheid that has the potential to transform how TB is detected. The GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay can detect TB and mutations associated with rifampicin resistance in less than two hours [...]
World TB Day has a special meaning for me, and it is not just because of my job as a USAID Health Officer in Kazakhstan. It is because every morning for the past four months I have taken a daily isoniazid pill to treat my latent tuberculosis. Tuberculosis, or TB, is a contagious chronic bacterial [...]
Last year on this blog, I wrote about why the United States and Eastern Europe and Eurasia need to work together to fight against multi-drug resistant (MDR) – tuberculosis (TB) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) –TB. In the world of modern travel, these diseases are a plane ride away from our shores. As we commemorate World [...]