2000 Vol.16 NO.3
When Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of the TB bacillus on 24 March 1882 in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, killing one in seven people. Koch’s discovery marked a big progress in the human history on fighting tuberculosis. However, effective anti-TB drugs did not appear until the 1950s. In the past 110 years, TB has claimed the lives of at least 200 million people It kills 3 million people a year even today.