Tuberculosis And Its Effects On The World 's Population Essay

1070 Words Dec 15th, 2015 null Page
Tuberculosis, in its modern form, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, has been doing the best it can to trying it’s best to keep the human population at bay for the better part of five thousand years. Once thought to be all but contained by modern science, M. tuberculosis is starting to make a comeback and is believed to currently be infecting a very large percentage of the world’s population. Oftentimes, some of the more ancient diseases that affect humans go through periods of time where they are more or less prevalent in our population, be it for environmental or cultural reasons, but has M. tuberculosis finally adapted to our way of life? Maybe modern society, with our big cities and close quarters living, is the perfect place for M. tuberculosis to live and thrive the same way a human being might? Maybe we are the architects for our own doom via a respiratory bacterial infection.

The earliest ancestor of tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) can be traced back 150 million years to the first known Mycobacterium, where evidence suggests it was present on the Gondwanaland continental land mass during the Jurassic period (Daniel, 2006). The modern strain of tuberculosis can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt, where the genetic structure of M. tuberculosis has been found in the spines of mummies (McIntosh, 2015). Tuberculosis was also a prevalent disease in ancient Greece where it was known as Phthisis and its clinical presentation was known to Hippocrates; “Phthisis makes…

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