WHO releases global TB update

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The World Health Organization (WHO) issued its 2010 annual report outlining global “control” of tuberculosis on Thursday. This is the most comprehensive report ever on the progress made combating TB globally, according to the WHO press release.

Some of the startling statistics given in the report include that there were 9.4 million new TB cases in 2009 – 3.3 million of which were among women, and 1.1 million among people with HIV/AIDS. Last year, an estimated 1.7 million people, mostly adults in their prime in Africa and Asia, died from TB, a preventable and treatable disease.

On the upside, the report indicates that the TB death rate has falled by 35 percent since 1990 and the number of deaths is also declining. WHO also reports that 41 million people with TB have been successfully treated since 1995, and up to six million lives have been saved through directly observed short course therapy (DOTS) and the Stop TB Strategy.

The report contains the most up-to-date data, complete with online profiles of 212 countries and territories.

The WHO first began issuing these annual TB reports in 1997.

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