A case of tuberculosis that may have exposed others to the infectious bacterial disease was reported at the San Diego Continuing Education’s Mid-City campus, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday.
So far this year, 98 tuberculosis cases have been reported in San Diego County. There were 258 cases reported locally last year and 234 cases in 2015.
I have always thought TB was probably spreading through oral sexual activity as much as respiration. If so, it was a powerful K-selective force before antibiotics, and it may be coming back:
Decades of progress in combating tuberculosis are in danger of being derailed by the rising tide of drug-resistant TB strains, experts have warned.
Across the world, resistant TB is on the march. Roughly one in five global cases of the disease is now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug, a new study points out.
In 2015 there were an estimated 480,000 cases of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, said researchers. About half of these were reported in India – where TB was present on an “epic scale” – China and Russia.
However, migration and travel was sewing the seeds of resistant TB in almost every part of the world.
An estimated 5% of all TB cases were classified as MDR, meaning the bacteria cannot be treated with two essential first-line drugs, or even more dangerous XDR (extensively drug-resistant)…
Also known as consumption, or “white plague”, the infection has ravaged human communities around the world for thousands of years.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, TB raged through Europe killing millions. In England and Wales alone, four million people died from tuberculosis between 1851 and 1910, and many of the victims were in their 20s or younger.
Data from the Vermont Department of Health show that more than one-third of refugees resettled in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis.
Since 2013, about 900 refugees admitted to the Green Mountain State have been tested for tuberculosis, a potentially fatal infectious disease affecting the lungs. Of that number, 318 refugees, or 35.4 percent, tested positive.
Watchdog.org obtained the health data on Wednesday following reporting by Stateline that the disease may be making a comeback in the United States.
A good pandemic could take out the rabbits, leave the K-strategists, and do it all with a minimum of misery for our side. I have always thought the Renaissance after the Black Plague must have been an amazingly magical time. To have come from the Dark Ages into that, would have been stunning.
We may see that again.