There are many important and interesting tuberculosis facts. Tuberculosis is an ancient disease which has infected humans for thousands of years. Caused by mycobacteria, specifically Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the infection usually begins in an individual when they inhale infected respiratory fluids. Common symptoms of tuberculosis include a chronic cough with haemoptysis, fever, weight loss, fatigue and night sweats. The disease hit a peak in the 19th century, when it also gained a surprising reputation for being a spiritually redemptive, romantic illness.
Here are some facts about the chronic disease: