World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day Quick Facts

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2020 Date:March 24, 2020
2021 Date:March 24, 2021
World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day History

World Tuberculosis Day, also known as World TB Day, seeks to raise awareness for Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a baterial infectious disease that affects the lungs. It is estimated that in 2017, 10 million people fell ill with Tuberculosis and 1.6 million died from the disease.

World Tuberculosis Day is a World Health Organization holiday that is observed annually on March 24. The celebratory date commemorates the discovery of Tubercolosis bacteria by Dr. Koch in 1882.

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World Tuberculosis Day Facts & Quotes

  • "It’s Time…". That is the 2019 theme for World TB Day. It was chosen for its versatility and easy translation.
  • Tuberculosis is the leading killer of HIV/AIDS-positive people.
  • According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 had the lowest tuberculosis death rate. The incidence rate for 2017 was of 2.8 cases of TB for every 100,000 people.
  • Tuberculosis occurs in every part of the world.The largest  number of cases in the world occur in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and South Africa.
  • The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.- Mother Theresa

World Tuberculosis Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Inform yourself about tuberculosis and how to prevent it.
  • Read "The Plague and I" memoir by Betty MacDonald in which she recounts her battle with tubeculosis in a humorous way.

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