Once one of the deadliest diseases in the United States, tuberculosis (TB) has been controlled over the past 50 years by antibiotics. Fewer than 10,000 U.S. cases are diagnosed each year, or almost 3 cases per 100,000. On a global scale, TB remains one of the Top Ten causes of death. If you have a compromised immune system, then the disease poses a genuine health threat.
At Yale Medicine’s Laboratory Medicine department, scientists work to diagnose latent (inactive) and active tuberculosis as quickly and efficiently as possible so patients can get the best treatment to fight the disease.