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an infectious disease that was once a major killer worldwide. the predominant TB organism is Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). spread person-to-person in airborne droplets caused by sneezing or coughing, the bacteria usually infects the lungs. due to improved nutrition, housing, sanitation, medical care, and the introduction of antibiotics this century, reported TB cases in the US have declined dramatically.

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