A third of world’s tuberculosis cases remain undetected, says WHO

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 10 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6396
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Although the global burden of tuberculosis is slowly falling, more intense efforts are needed to save an estimated five million lives between 2011 and 2015, a World Health Organization report says.

Efforts to plan, finance, and implement the Stop TB strategy need to be scaled up, says the report. For the strategy to be effective, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis need to be expanded, more care providers need to be engaged in control of the disease, and surveillance of its incidence, prevalence, and mortality needs to be strengthened.

The latest WHO data show that between 1995 …

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