- Diseases from the 19th and 20th centuries that were thought to be largely eradicated are making a comeback.
- John Hopkins doctors report on the case of a 2-year-old child who came down with an extremely dangerous form of tuberculosis.
- Campaigners and a former official overseeing Asia's largest tuberculosis hospital in Mumbai say staff deaths there are being under-reported.
- The World Health Organization will suspend a major Indian supplier of tuberculosis drugs to developing countries if it doesn't correct its inadequate manufacturing standards and poor testing procedures.
- A woman with an “extensively drug-resistant form of tuberculosis” is being treated at the NIH after traveling by plane from India to the U.S.; she spent time in Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee.
- Mummified bodies found in an 18th century crypt in Hungary yielded 14 separate genomic sequences of M. tuberculosis.
- A total of 27 people or eight percent of the 300 students and staff screened have tested positive for tuberculosis at an eastern Kansas high school.
- People with tuberculosis shouldn't eat before taking their drugs, according to a new study, which found that they became less effective.
- Nine inmates in the Alabama prison system have fallen ill with tuberculosis during the worst outbreak to occur in five years.
- South African hospital workers stand a significantly higher risk of contracting TB, HIV, or hepatitis due to neglectful health care practices.
- Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment is much more effective when administered in combination with bone-marrow stem cells, Phase I study finds.
- Health officials in California have ordered a mandatory medical screening for students and faculty at Indio High School after dozens of students tested positive for possible exposure.
Tuberculosis, MTB, or TB (short for tubercle bacillus) is a common, and in many cases lethal, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. It is spread through the air when people who have an active MTB infection cough, sneeze, or otherwise transmit their saliva through the air.