This year alone, eight million people will become infected with tuberculosis. Like the common cold, TB spreads through the air when sufferers cough, sneeze, spit, or just talk. One needs only to inhale a few germs to catch it.
This program tracks the disease, its impact, and the science behind it, from the U.K. to India to Malawi.
At the Imperial College in London, Professor Douglas Young is working on new TB treatments in a high containment laboratory.
In India, home to a quarter of all the world’s TB cases, the film follows a patient as he undergoes diagnosis for TB.
In Malawi, we see how TB and HIV are inextricably linked — over 80 percent of TB patients there are also HIV-positive and will die from TB.
Viewers meet doctors, scientists, and TB sufferers who share their impressions and experiences about the disease.
This film is part of the KILL OR CURE series of 57 x 25-minute documentaries produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.