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Record number of people cured of tuberculosis in 2008

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5424 (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5424
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Latest data show that a total of 2.3 million people worldwide were cured of tuberculosis in 2008, giving a treatment success rate of 87% and exceeding for the first time the 85% target set by the World Health Organization in 1991.

    The new data also estimate that over the past 15 years 36 million people have been cured of tuberculosis through the WHO’s Stop TB Strategy. (DOTS), said Paul Nunn, WHO coordinator TB/HIV and drug resistance. A total of 53 countries surpassed the 85% treatment target.

    DOTS was first developed in …

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