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What is tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that is caused by two different forms of bacteria- Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis. These bacteria are rod-shaped and slow growing, with a high acid content that makes them resistant to damage from oral fluids like saliva. They also absorb a certain red dye (unknown which) and can never get rid of it.

How is it passed?
It is an airborne disease, passed from person to person via inhalation. When people talk, laugh, cough, sneeze, etc., tiny droplets are released into the air that may be inhaled by another person. When a person infected with tuberculosis does any of these things, their tiny drops contain the bacteria (remember, the bacteria are resistant to oral fluids- they can survive in such environments). Immune deficiency disorders can severly increase your probability of catching and dying from diseases like this- yet another point in favor of safe sex! Anyway, they reach the alveoli, which are tiny sacs in your lungs, and from there spead throughout your body via your bloodstream. They multiply quickly in organs, like lungs and kidneys, that have high oxygen pressures.

If I'm infected, am I contagious?
People who are infected with tuberculosis are not necessarily able to pass it on. There are some patients who will be infected called "carriers", who can't pass it on but will continuously test positive during TB skin tests. In these patients the disease is controlled, and their immune systems prevent further communication of the disease.

Are there any other names for Tuberculosis?
Yes. Tuberculosis is also known as TB. In the past, it has been called consumption, the white plague, scrofula, king's evil, and Pott's disease, along with many other names. For more information, refer to the Wikipedia article in the "Tuberculosis Links" section to the left.

Are there any famous people who have had Tuberculosis?
Of course! Just because you're famous doesn't mean you can't get sick... Some of the more famous sufferers of consumption include;

  • "The Divine" Sarah Bernhardt: a highly accomplished stage actress from France, she is also known for her work in the visual and recording arts
  • John Keats: a famous Romantic Era poet
  • Brahm Stoker: revered author of Dracula
  • Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC: an Italy-born British woman whose accomplishments include pioneering the nursing field and outstanding work in the fields of statistics and hospital planning
  • Frédéric Chopin: a Polish composer whose work in the Romantic period of music was some of the most influential for piano
  • Anton Chekhov: Russian short story author and playwright best known for the play Uncle Vanya
  • Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte: famous female authors of the 19th century (their other sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, also died from the disease)
  • Niccolò Paganini: an Italian musician, one of the most famed of violin virtuosos
  • George Orwell: acclaimed author of 1984 and Animal Farm, as well as many essays on the 20th century
  • Saima Harmaja: a Finnish poet
  • Amedeo Clemente Modigliani: an Italian artist well-known for his elongated portrayal of the human form
  • Franz Kafka: a German-language author best known for his short stories, in particular The Metamorphosis
  • Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu: famed for his caricature in Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers, he was also a solid statesman and religious figure whose work enabled France to become a strong and centralized nation
  • Vivien Leigh: award-winning English actress, most known for her role as Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With the Wind
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the United States (wife to President Franklin D. Roosevelt), she was known as the "First Lady of the world" in honor of her dedication to human rights causes- including chairing the UN committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Niels Henrik Abel: a Norwegian mathmetician, known for his work in the theory of functions
  • John Henry "Doc" Holliday: an American dentist, gambler, and gunslinger made famous for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral
  • James "Deaf" Burke: an English bare-knuckle boxing champion who fought both locally and internationally. He was added to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

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