Fighting tuberculosis: Databases are new and powerful weapons – National Post

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Author: Lisa Lix, Professor of Community Health Sciences & Senior Research Scientist with Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 global causes of death. It is caused by bacteria that first settle in the lungs and spread through the air and is passed on when a person with an active infection coughs or sneezes. People can also pass on TB when they are not themselves sick, if they have a “sleeping” or “latent” infection.

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