Sobering news just reported by the World Health Organization (WHO): the estimated numbers of cases of tuberculosis (TB) has gone up by half a million, and now stands at 9 million people with TB in 2013 (up from 8.6 million in 2012). And worse than that, ~1.5 million people died.
In the Global Tuberculosis Report 2014, WHO states “This year’s report shows higher global totals for new TB cases and deaths in 2013 than previously.” These data may reflect better reporting of TB cases, rather than a real increase in cases, but still the number of people infected is staggering and represents a great deal of suffering.
There is some good news, as the mortality rate is falling. However, WHO reckon that there may be as many as 3 million undiagnosed cases of TB every year. That’s a huge group of people who are not receiving the antibiotics and care they need. In addition, there were nearly half a million cases of drug resistant TB. (more…)