Alarming spread of drug-resistant TB threatens global health

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tuberculosis (TB), which is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is one of the deadliest diseases in the world, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Every year, around 8 million people around the world fall ill with TB, and 1.3 million die of it.

TB spreads when a person with an active infection in the lungs coughs or sneezes droplets containing the bacteria into the air and these are then inhaled by someone else.

Source: Medical News Today (link opens in a new window)

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drugs, global health, healthcare technology, infectious diseases, tuberculosis