MinervaBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7415.630 (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:630
Around eight million new cases of tuberculosis were found worldwide in 2000, and the current rate of increase is 1.7% each year. Nearly half of people with a new diagnosis had positive findings on examination of their sputum and so were highly infectious (Annals of Medicine 2003; 35: 235-43). Part of the recent rise in numbers is due to rapid population growth in Africa and Asia, but two other factors—HIV infection and malnutrition—are remediable to some extent. The review also includes one warning: “doctors who cannot treat TB properly should not treat TB at all.”
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