Methods for estimating burden of tuberculosis in India need to be improved

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 27 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7247
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

An inventory survey and a national survey of the prevalence of tuberculosis should be carried out to improve estimation of the burden of the disease in India, a new report from the World Health Organization has recommended.

Around one in four of the world’s cases of tuberculosis occurs in India, but the true burden in the country is believed to be even higher owing to underdiagnosis and under-reporting.

India’s most recent national survey of the prevalence of tuberculosis took place in 1955. Since then figures on incidence, …

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