Tag: World Tuberculosis Day
Co-authored by Vince Forlenza, president and COO of Becton, Dickinson, and Company.
When Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis in 1882, pulmonary tuberculosis killed two out of every three people it infected. If untreated, this highly transmissible respiratory infection — known a century ago as consumption and today simply as TB — colonizes the human lungs, slowly suffocating its host.
Koch’s achievement led to a crude but effective TB diagnostic known as sputum microscopy (continue reading…)