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TUBERCULOSIS IS AN ACUTE OR CHRONIC INFECTIOS DISEASE THAT IS CAUSED BY THE BACTERIA OF THE GENUS MYCOBACTERIUM, OFTEN CALLED TUBERCLE BACILLI. ONE OF THE OLDEST DISEASES, IT WAS KNOWN AS CONSUMPTION OR THE GREAT WHITE PLAGUE. TYPICAL SYMPTOMS INCLUDE FATIGUE, LOSS OF WEIGHT AND APPETITE, NIGHT SWEATS AND FEVER, AND PERSISTENT COUGH. SPUTUM IS OFTEN STEAKED WITH BLOOD; SOMETIMES MASSIVE HEMORRAGES OCCUR AS THE DISEASE DESTROYS THE LUNG TISSUE. DEATH IN VICTIMS IS COMMON.