Tuberculosis: Latest facts

Some of the latest facts on Tuberculosis (TB):

After HIV, TB is the leading cause of mortality from a single infectious cause.

In 2013, there were 9 million cases and 1.5 million deaths due to TB. 360,000 of those who died from TB were HIV positive. 50% of the TB deaths among HIV positive persons occurred in women.

TB is one of the top killers of women in the reproductive age group.

 In 2013, about 3 million people with TB were “missed”, either because they were not diagnosed; or because they were diagnosed but not reported.

Globally, an estimated 480,000 people developed Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2013. Of these, an estimated 210,000 people died from MDR-TB.

Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) has been reported by 100 countries in 2013.

On average, an estimated 9% of those with MDR-TB have XDR-TB.

Link to the WHO factsheet on Tuberculosis is provided below:

Link to an infographic by the WHO on the TB situation:

Link to an infographic by the WHO on the MDR TB challenge:

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