World TB Day

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day falls on March 24, 2018, and is an occasion in which to remember how far we have come in our fight against this preventable and curable infectious disease. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that over the past 15 years, the number of TB deaths worldwide has fallen by 47 percent, which means that 50 million lives have been saved since 2000. The United States reported 9,093 cases of TB in 2017, which is the lowest number of cases on record. This low infection rate is due to the tireless efforts of local TB control programs that find and treat people with TB disease in order to stop the cycle of transmission. TB control also...
Today is World TB Day. It is a day that gives us each the space to better understand the magnitude of the TB threat, mourn the loss of the more than 1 million people worldwide who die of TB each year, recognize the tragic consequences for their loved ones and for economic stability in impoverished nations, and express gratitude for those who conduct TB research, finance and deploy on-the-ground interventions, and advocate for the resources needed to conquer this vicious killer. TB is the second most common cause of death from infectious disease, after HIV/AIDS. In 2012, approximately 8.6 million developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease, with the death rate particularly high among...

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