• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article


TB is an infection in the lungs and is suffered by an estimated 14 million people every year.

It is a disease of poverty and mostly affects young adults in their most productive years. In 2009 there were 9.4 million new cases of TB and 1.7 million deaths.

Worldwide deaths from TB fell by 35 per cent between 1990 and 2009.

Symptoms of the disease include a persistent cough lasting more than three weeks that brings up phlegm, which may include blood, breathlessness, a lack of appetite and weight loss and a high temperature.

Famous victims of the disease include writers Emily and Anne Bronte.

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.