World Tuberculosis Day

Have you been affected by tuberculosis or TB? Or do you know someone who has? It is a devastating epidemic that affects anyone, anywhere, and it can leave so much trauma. It doesn’t only cause health trauma, but economic and social trauma as well. That is why awareness about this illness is shared on World Tuberculosis Day.

March 24th urges you to learn about tuberculosis or TB as it is World Tuberculosis Day. The illness is caused by a bacterium named Mycobacterium tuberculosis, as it frequently affects the lungs and can cause pneumonia-like symptoms. However, it does not always attack the lungs as it can attack the kidneys, spine, and brain and compromise their functioning. It can cause kidney disease, neurological problems, and even paralysis. However, not everyone who contacts the bacteria will become ill and can become carriers instead. Therefore, there are two types of TB: TB illness and latent TB infection known as LTBI. If you show TB signs, you need to be treated immediately, or else you can succumb to it.

TB is airborne, and if someone with the bacteria sneezes, coughs, sings, or talks, it can be contracted. You cannot contract it by shaking hands. Fortunately, there are vaccines for TB, and it is often given to children, but it does not always protect people from contracting the bacterium. You have to meet specific criteria to get the vaccine. The bacterium was discovered in 1882 by Dr. Robert Koch. Even though it is not as much of a threat today as it was in the old days, it is still an issue that can’t be ignored.

History Of World Tuberculosis Day

The history of World Tuberculosis Day traces back to 1882, as, on March 24th of that year, Dr. Robert Kooch made the discovery of the bacterium that has made people so sick for centuries and was the cause of certain pandemics. During that time, in the USA, one in seven people and Europe died from TB. Therefore, discovering the reason for those deaths was a significant deal because it explained the cause of those illnesses and deaths. A century later, World Tuberculosis Day was appointed on March 24th each year to spread awareness about this deadly bacterium. It will continue until the eradication of TB happens.

How To Acknowledge World Tuberculosis Day

The best thing you can do on this day is to educate yourself about TB and learn about the signs of the illness. Even though TB is less of a threat nowadays in most areas of the world than it was in the past, it is not eradicated. Learn about TB, and post what you discover about it on social media by using #WorldTuberculosisDay in the post.

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