World Tuberculosis Day – 24 March 2015

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World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to gear upwards world awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic inwards much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half i K 1000 people each year, to a greater extent than oftentimes than non inwards developing countries. It commemorates the solar daytime inwards 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community yesteryear announcing that he had discovered the effort of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the fourth dimension of Koch’s annunciation inwards Berlin, TB was raging through Europe as well as the Americas, causing the decease of i out of every 7 people. Koch’s uncovering opened the way towards diagnosing as well as curing TB. –STOP TB PARTNERSHIP

Thehimalayantimes (24th March 2015)


Tuberculosis (TB) is caused yesteryear bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that nigh oftentimes deport upon the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable as well as preventable.

TB is spread from soul to soul through the air. When people alongside lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 soul needs to inhale solely a few of these germs to function infected.

About one-third of the world’s population has latent TB, which agency people accept been infected yesteryear TB bacteria but are non (yet) sick alongside the illness as well as cannot transmit the disease.

Key facts
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is instant solely to HIV/AIDS every bit the greatest killer worldwide due to a unmarried infectious agent. 
  • In 2013, nine i K 1000 people roughshod sick alongside TB as well as 1.5 i K 1000 died from the disease. 
  • Over 95% of TB deaths tumble out inwards low- as well as middle-income countries, as well as it is amid the exceed five causes of decease for women aged xv to 44.
  • In 2013, an estimated 550 000 children became sick alongside TB as well as lxxx 000 HIV-negative children died of TB.
  • TB is a leading killer of HIV-positive people causing i quaternary of all HIV-related deaths.
  • Globally inwards 2013, an estimated 480 000 people developed multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB).
  • The estimated divulge of people falling sick alongside TB each yr is declining, although real slowly, which agency that the basis is on rail to compass the Millennium Development Goal to contrary the spread of TB yesteryear 2015.
  • The TB decease charge per unit of measurement dropped 45% betwixt 1990 as well as 2013.
  • An estimated 37 i K 1000 lives were saved through TB diagnosis as well as handling betwixt 2000 as well as 2013.
Kantipur News Paper 23rd March 2015

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