Tuberculosis kills 4,400 people daily: WHO

NEW YORK – Tuberculosis kills 4,400 people daily, a number that remains “unacceptably high,” said a World Health Organisation report that ranked TB alongside HIV as a leading cause of death globally.

According to the UN health agency’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, the disease killed 1.5 million people last year, despite big strides in treatment and prevention over the past 25 years.

The report said that the spread of drug-resistant strains of TB was a key concern, combined with the need for new drug treatments and better access to care for those in need, CNN reported.

“The number of TB deaths is unacceptably high: with a timely diagnosis and correct treatment, almost all people with TB can be cured,” said the report. “To reduce this burden, detection and treatment gaps must be addressed, funding gaps closed and new tools developed,” it added.

Across the planet, 9.6 million people were sickened with TB last year, and 12 per cent of those new cases were HIV-positive.

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a bacterium, called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which typically attacks the lungs but can also affect the kidney, spine and brain. TB is considered one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

 

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