TB kills thousands of people every day – we aren’t doing enough to stop it

“But hasn’t TB been eradicated?,” my seatmate on a recent flight to South Africa asked me. This question crops up pretty frequently when I tell people what I do for a living. I research the development of diagnostic tests for diseases using breath, sputum, blood and urine, and at the moment I am working on a diagnostic breath test for tuberculosis.

For most people in the West, TB seems to be a disease of the past, when it was still called consumption, and the ill were sent to sanitariums in the mountains or desert.

Read the rest of this fine article, by our colleague Dr. Jane Hill from Dartmouth, here.

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