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Tuberculosis killed 1.5 million people in 2014

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5798 (Published 29 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5798
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Around 9.6 million people around the world contracted tuberculosis (TB) in 2014, the World Health Organization’s annual update on the disease has estimated.1

This was an increase on the 2013 figure, when nine million people were estimated to be infected, although WHO said that the increase was due to improved national data rather than to any increase in the spread of TB.

The disease is estimated to have affected 5.4 million men, 3.2 million women, and one million children in …

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