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Acta Médica Peruana

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SEAS RAMOS, Carlos. Tuberculosis: the plague of the 21st century. Acta méd. peruana [online]. 2008, vol.25, n.3, pp.161-162. ISSN 1728-5917.

Tuberculosis, also known as the white plague, is a transmissible disease that is disseminated through airborne droplets. Personas affected by pulmonary tuberculosis are the source of infection. When a sick patient coughs, sneezes, speaks or spits, he/she sheds tuberculous bacilli to the environmental air. Inhaling a small number of such microorganisms is enough to catch the infection.

Keywords : tuberculosis; TB.

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