Global deaths from TB have fallen but many cases are still missed, says WHO

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 23 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6434
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Nine million people developed tuberculosis in 2013 but infection rates have been falling over the past 30 years, a report by the World Health Organization has shown.

The Global Tuberculosis Report 20141 showed that, although 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis in 2013, the mortality rate has fallen by 45% since 1990, when 2.7 million died from the disease. An estimated 37 million lives have been saved through effective diagnosis and treatment since 2000, and the prevalence of the disease has fallen by 41% in 23 years—from 275 in 100 000 of the population in 1990 to around 150 in …

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