Isn’t tuberculosis a thing of the past?

Isn't tuberculosis a thing of the past?

I was asked this question by a mother whose son had just gotten a TB skin test.

Tuberculosis is a current problem. The population of our planet has now grown to over 6 billion people. At Grand Rounds at Packard Children’s Hospital, we were reminded that one third of the people on the planet are infected with tuberculosis.

TB is the third leading cause of death globally — behind acute respiratory infections and malaria. (AIDS is number four). TB prevention, detection, and treatment remains a major public health priority.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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