Tuberculosis. Sounds old-timey to me, a disease not of this century.
My 87-year-old uncle had TB when he was a teenager. He was sent to a sanatorium and came back about a year later, more or less healthy.
In those days, TB was the leading cause of death for teens and young adults. He was lucky to survive it.
Today, TB hasn’t dropped down the list much. It’s still a killer, and holds the number two spot in the world for leading cause of death from infectious disease.
One million kids get sick from TB each year. The World Health Organization says that in 2012, about 8.6 million people developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease.
We talked about the details of TB on this blog last June. Today, let’s watch a story unfold. This is Chapter One of EXPOSED – four short films by Aeras TB.
By Trish Parnell