How Amitabh Bachchan fought tuberculosis in 2000

Speaking at launch of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC's) awareness campaign for tuberculosis (TB) called 'TB Harega Bharat Jitega,' Bollywood Shehenshah Amitabh Bachchan revealed that he suffered from the contagious disease in the year 2000. 'I was diagnosed with tuberculosis when Kaun Banega Crorepati was to be launched in 2000. TB can happen to anyone,' he said at the function.

Although the superstar never revealed really discussed this on a public platform, he said at the function that the campaign has given him the right opportunity to generate awareness among the masses and let them know that the disease can affect anyone. He wants people and mainly sufferers to know that the disease is curable and it doesn't hamper or interfere with the daily routine. 'I would feel tired, loss of appetite when I was diagnosed with TB. But the ailment can be treated, one does not need to stop daily routine. I worked on KBC without any problem,' he said highlighting the improvements in treatment. Here are ten facts you didn t know about tuberculosis.

Big B had mentioned about his diagnosis on his blog in 2000 and revealed that it didn't take much time for him to accept the proposal of becoming the brand ambassador for the campaign. The star will be appearing on posters raising awareness about the disease. He will be featured in an advertisement where he highlights the importance of early diagnosis of the disease through a sputum test. Read: 5 ways to prevent tuberculosis.

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Amitabh Bachchan had earlier been a part of polio campaign, which helped a lot in eradicating stigma associated with the disease and spreading the 'Do boond zindagi kay' message in every possible household. He has been one of significant contributors to polio eradication in India. Now, by making him the ambassador of tuberculosis campaign, the civic body hopes that tuberculosis too would soon be free of the attached stigma, having a huge impact on the audience. Read: World Tuberculosis Day 2014 common diagnostic tests for tuberculosis explained.

With inputs from PTI

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