World Tuberculosis Day

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2021 Date24 March 2021
2022 Date24 March 2022
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 bacterial 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 Tuberculosis bacteria by Dr. Koch in 1882.

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World Tuberculosis Day Facts

  • The theme for World Tuberculosis Day in 2021 was The Clock is Ticking.
  • 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 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.

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World Tuberculosis Day References and Related Sites

WHO: Tuberculosis
www.cdc.gov: World TB Day

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