Tuberculosis، a bacterial infection which most commonly infects the lungs، can be spread through coughing and sneezing – with coughing one of the main symptoms، as the Daily Mail said.
If left untreated، the disease can kill people by destroying their lungs from the inside and starving the body of oxygen.
In the UK، TB hit its lowest levels since 1990 last year – with just 5،102 diagnoses – but the disease still infects around 10 million people a year، most commonly in Africa and South East Asia.
Professor Whalen said tracking the phones of patients in developing countries could allow medics to target places where those with the infection are known to go. Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection spread between people by coughing and sneezing. The infection usually affects the lungs but the bacteria can cause problems in any part of the body.
In healthy people the bacteria are often killed by the immune system or at least prevented from spreading. But if it causes an infection symptoms can include fever، coughing، night sweats، weight loss، tiredness and fatigue، a loss of appetite and swellings in the neck. Around 10 million people are thought to suffer from the infection every year around the world – and up to one in 10 of them die. TB is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems.
With treatment، TB can almost always be cured with antibiotics and people tend to stop being contagious after about three weeks of therapy. Most modern mobile phones can have their locations tracked – smartphones have internet geolocation which means simple apps can allow people to track their friends and use maps.