World TB Day: Tuberculosis among most deadliest diseases in history— WHO

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World TB Day: Tuberculosis among  most deadliest diseases in history— WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on 24th March 2022, the World Tuberculosis Day warned that tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world.

WHO and ECDC said the drop in registered TB cases of 24 per cent between 2019 and 2020 was presumably due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting the diagnosis and reporting of the disease.

They added that it remains the second most deadly infectious disease behind COVID-19.

The organisations said that urgent investments in the battle against TB were crucial against the backdrop of the pandemic.

While countries in Europe and Central Asia have surpassed their goal of a 20 per cent reduction in TB cases within five years, there is no room for complacency, said Hans Kluge, Regional Director of the WHO.

“For further progress against the disease, innovative and more effective procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of TB and multidrug-resistant TB would have to be introduced,” Kluge said.

Similarly, ECDC director, Andrea Ammon said amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against TB has unfortunately grown more difficult in the last two years.

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs, the bacteria that cause TB are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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