On the origin of American tuberculosis

Philip A. Mackowiak, Vera Tiesler Blos, Manuel Aguilar, Jane E. Buikstra

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After more than a century of debate, it is now firmly established that tuberculosis existed in the New World before the arrival of Columbus. What is not yet known is how or when, exactly, the infection reached the Americas, how it spread from one continent to the other, and whether the pre-Columbian infection was caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-518
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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