The news of a University of Missouri student diagnosed with tuberculosis is alarming to students on campus.

Most Americans think TB is a disease of the past, yet it is currently the leading infectious disease killer worldwide, bigger than HIV/AIDS. We don’t hear about it often in the U.S., but it thrives in areas of the world in extreme poverty. TB sickens 10 million people each year and takes the lives of over 1.6 million annually.

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