World TB Day is March 24

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03/24/08
Statement of Christine F. Sizemore, Ph.D., Barbara E. Laughon, Ph.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health
"As we commemorate World TB Day, we recognize the important strides made in combating tuberculosis (TB) over the past several years, and, simultaneously, are reminded of the substantial challenges that lie ahead.

Nearly one-third of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterium that causes TB, and more than 14 million people are afflicted with TB disease, with high-burden countries showing a continued increase in the number of patients diagnosed. In 2006, an estimated 9.2 million new cases of TB emerged, of which approximately 700,000 occurred among individuals also infected with HIV. The same year, an estimated 1.7 million people died of TB, including 200,000 patients co-infected with HIV."

Find out more on the NIH web site: www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/tuberculosis/default.htm

The global burden of tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant public health challenge with more than 9 million new TB cases and close to 1.7 million deaths from TB worldwide in 2006, according to the newest TB report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released on March 17, 2008. Although the TB incidence rate has been falling slowly since 2003 and global TB prevalence and death rates declined between 2005 and 2006, drug-resistant TB, HIV/AIDS and other obstacles continue to complicate efforts to control the TB epidemic.

As a provider of easy-to-access and up-to-date information on global health conditions, the Kaiser Family Foundation, through its two global health websites, GlobalHealthReporting.org (www.GlobalHealthReporting.org) and GlobalHealthFacts.org (www.GlobalHealthFacts.org), features updated TB information from the 2008 WHO report, “Global Tuberculosis Control: Surveillance, Planning and Financing,” as well as other sources. GlobalHealthFacts.org has been updated with new country-level TB data across 18 indicators, including data on TB and HIV coinfection. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses. View the data online: www.globalhealthfacts.org/topic.jsp?i=12 .

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