WHO steps up fight against TBBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.796a (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:796
- Pritpal S Tamber
Deaths from tuberculosis rose to three million in 1995—more than at any other time in history, including the epidemic of the early 1900s. The World Health Organisation warned last week that at current levels there could be an annual rate of death from the disease of five million within the next 50 years.
The WHO, in a report on the current epidemic, states that one third of the world's population—nearly two billion people—have already become infected with tuberculosis. It adds: “In the next ten years, …