History of Tuberculosis
The history of tuberculosis (TB) stretches back a long time and it has been a major killer for many years.
During the time of Hippocrates and much later also, tuberculosis was known as phthisis, a Greek term meaning wasting away.
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Tuberculosis in the early days was most likely a sporadic and unnoticed disease in humans. Epidemic spread came later with increasing population densities, as explained hereunder.
Prior to the age when humans became agriculturists, in the paleolithic period, when humans existed as hunters and gatherers, it is likely that TB may have occurred only sporadically. This is because the paleolithic man lived the life of a wanderer which did not require settling down in villages, nor did it require gathering in large groups. This was likely the reason why TB or any other infectious disease did not occur as epidemics in those days.
Once humans developed primitive agricultural methods which permitted early man to settle in permanent locations, and also with the domestication of cattle, it is estimated that around this time, the history of tuberculosis took a turn and TB made its presence felt more noticeably amongst humans. Even then, it still did not spread as an epidemic.
The first endemic occurrences of TB most likely occurred among animals. Mycobacterium bovis was the infecting organism that first created human infections.
Historians believe that, in the history of tuberculosis, TB first made its presence felt in Europe and was spread through the Europeans to their colony sites. Later, it reached the United States, Africa and other regions of South-east Asia, through voyagers and early settlers.
Global Trends Today in the History of Tuberculosis
The alarming fact is that TB remains one of the primary causes of death from infectious disease today in a number of industrialized countries, as it did from the very beginning.
Human beings tend to combat or fight against epidemics or infectious diseases in an episodic, discontinuous fashion. But the evolution of deadly pathogens like the tubercle bacillus is a continuous process. Hence, societies today need to invest in ongoing research and not slip into complacency in their battle against quickly mutating pathogens like this one, because failing to deal with TB in a scientific and effective way can result in a global endemic.
In todays modern world of globalization and interdependence, where humans can travel to all parts of the globe freely and easily, global trading, and changing socio-cultural patterns, TB can be a real threat to people in any corner of the world.
All countries and its people are connected, and no one would be excluded, should a global epidemic spread. Hence, TB is a re-emergent global problem and must be tackled as such, by scientifically developing new tools at the molecular, immunological and epidemiological levels towards understanding and controlling TB, and protecting public health.
Without proper management, the history of tuberculosis could, once again, take a turn for the worse.
Factors that Lead to Re-emergence of Tuberculosis in Present Times
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