Tuberculosis: Why the forgotten scourge remains a threat

Tuberculosis: Why the forgotten scourge remains a threat

Today, most of us do not think about the dangers of tuberculosis, a highly infectious disease that attacks the pulmonary system. However, ask any older family member who grew up in the 1920s, '30s or '40s, and they will recall when tuberculosis was a scourge that affected large segments of the population.Before World War II, and the advent of antibiotics that could treat tuberculosis, nearly everyone knew someone who had tuberculosis or who had died from tuberculosis.