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World TB Day: Public Health Museum presents The White Plague

Tewksbury, MA- The Public Health Museum presents The White Plague in Massachusetts is recognizing world TB day on March 24, 2021. The museum is hosting a free educational presentation by Dr. John Bernardo, Massachusetts Tuberculosis Medical Officer for Massachusetts, who will discuss the history of tuberculosis and why it is still relevant. 

Tuberculosis (TB) was the most frequent cause of death in Massachusetts in the 19th century.  With the discovery of the bacterium that causes TB by Robert Koch, announced on March 24, 1882, control of the disease began to become a possibility.  Through the end of the 19th and through the 20th century, other discoveries contributed to success in the control of TB so that now we have historically low rates of disease in Massachusetts.  Yet TB control still remains a daily public health challenge; and worldwide, TB is still among the ten top causes of death and the leading cause of death due to a single infectious agent. 

Dr. Bernardo will provide an overview of the history of TB and its control, discuss the current challenges presents, and put the current status of TB in perspective.  Join us for an informative and engaging presentation on an old enemy that remains a threat that lurks today. World TB Day is recognized every year by the museum.

The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to public health history. The Museum also serves as a resource to the community, exploring public health initiatives that address current health issues with online content and programming for high school students interested in public health careers. The museum partners with libraries and senior centers to bring its programs to the community. Tours are by reservation only, limited to three persons per hour. Please visit our sign up for a list of available dates and times, and our COVID-19 modified tour guidelines. https://bit.ly/3myD75o
 
For a link to the World TB flyer and sign up click here: WORLD TB DAY REGISTRATION
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