Latest Mycobacterium tuberculosis Stories
Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine have breathed new life into a forgotten technique and so succeeded in detecting resistant tuberculosis in circumstances where so far this was hardly feasible.
In 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated there were 290,000 cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis globally. Now a new medication attempts to slash those numbers.
A tiny filter could have a big impact around the world in the fight against tuberculosis.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one-third of the world's population is currently infected with tuberculosis bacteria.
Tuberculosis, which kills over 2 million people each year, is caused primarily by infectious bacteria known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis – or Mtb.
New research from the Trudeau Institute may help in the ongoing fight against tuberculosis.
The bacterium that causes tuberculosis has a unique molecule on its outer cell surface that blocks a key part of the body’s defense.
Are you genetically predisposed to tuberculosis?
Two research studies in this week's PLoS Medicine suggest that a new automated DNA test for tuberculosis (Xpert MTB/RIF), which can detect TB within 2 hours and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, can significantly increase TB detection rate compared to other tests, particularly in HIV positive patients who have a high risk of being infected with TB, including multidrug resistant TB.
The discovery of two genes that encode copper- and sulfur-binding repressors in the hospital terror Staphylococcus aureus means two new potential avenues for controlling the increasingly drug-resistant bacterium.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is a pathogenic bacterial species in the genus Mycobacterium and the causative agent of most cases of tuberculosis. Robert Koch first discovered it in 1882 and that it had an unusual, waxy coating on the cell surface which makes them impossible to Gram stain. M. tuberculosis is highly aerobic and requires high levels of oxygen. It generally infects the respiratory system of mammals. Tuberculin skin test, acid-fast stain, and chest radiographs are the most...
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