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  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious, airborne infection.

  • Infected people incur a 10% risk of developing active TB. If untreated, 50% of patients with active TB will die in a 5- year period. Weakening of the immune system, e.g. via HIV infection, increases the risk of developing active disease.

  • One third of the world's population is currently infected with TB bacilli. If control is not further strengthened it is estimated that, between 2002 and 2020, 1000 million people will be newly infected, over 150 million will get sick and 36 million will die of the disease

  • The global incidence rate of TB is growing annually at approximately 0.4%, but much faster in sub-Saharan Africa and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

  • HIV fuels the TB epidemic. Globally, 9% of all new TB cases in adults are attributable to HIV- infection, but in Africa the figure reaches 31%.

Early detection and treatment of infectious cases is the primary control measure.

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