The number of deaths from tuberculosis has continued to decline in the European Union (EU). A total of 3 770 people died from tuberculosis in 2016, 300 less than the previous year and 1 130 fewer than in 2011.
Men (2 620 deaths due to tuberculosis in 2016) were more affected than women (1 150 deaths). Over half of those who died from tuberculosis (55%), were people aged 65 and above.
Source dataset: hlth_cd_aro
Death rate from tuberculosis highest in Lithuania, lowest in the Netherlands
At EU level, the standardised death rate from tuberculosis stood at 8 deaths per million inhabitants in 2016. Compared with 2011, this rate gradually decreased from 11 deaths per million inhabitants.
With 60 deaths from tuberculosis per million inhabitants, Lithuania registered the highest rate among the EU Member States. It was followed by Romania (50) and Latvia (39).
By contrast, the low death rates from tuberculosis were registered in the Netherlands and Sweden (both with 2 deaths per million inhabitants), followed by Luxembourg, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany and Slovenia (all with 3 deaths per million inhabitants).
Source dataset: hlth_cd_asdr2
This news item is published on the occasion of World Tuberculosis Day (24 March).
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