With inoculations, and scratch tests that could detect TB early, for several decades it was thought that tuberculosis in America had disappeared entirely. In the late 1980s the HIV virus was discovered, and we learned otherwise. Tuberculosis had only gone into eclipse and was now emerging in a new, tougher strain resistant to the usual antibiotics. People with AIDS were the first to contract this strain. New measures would be needed to control it. Our great hope today is that men and women, in the spirit of Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Edward Livingston Trudeau, continue to experiment.
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