MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: Tuberculosis

Date: Tue Apr 23 23:31:54 1996
Posted by: Josh
Grade level: undergrad
School/Organization: Brandeis University
City: Waltham State/Province: MA
Country: USA
Area of science: Microbiology
I recently learned about the tuberculosis bacillus and remain confused about its pathology.

I still do not understand how it can remain dormant in an individual for an extended period, 

and then become active. I've learned of many viral examples that share this trait, e.g. HIV,

but this is the first bacteria I have encountered. How does the process work?

How serious does the rise of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis threaten the public?

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