Tuberculosis

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • TB is airborne and spread person to person. During a cough or sneeze, droplet nuclei containing M. tuberculosis may be expelled into the air. Droplet nuclei can remain suspended in the air for several hours, depending on the environment.
  • Leading cause of death globally.
  • There are over eight million individuals who develop new active (or infection) TB annually.
  • By 2020, if new cases continue as they are today, there will be a total of 36 million deaths