ECDC: Tuberculosis in Europe: from passive control to active elimination – high- and low-incidence countries
This four-page evidence brief provides an overview of tuberculosis control and elimination efforts in the EU/EEA, with a particular focus on the epidemiological differences between high- and low-incidence countries.
Every year, the number of TB cases is going down in what looks like a successful fight against this serious bacterial disease. But despite this apparent success, EU Member States still reported a total of 64 844 TB cases in 2013 – more than twice the average annual number of people newly diagnosed with HIV. The fact that an average of 180 Europeans develops TB on any given day of the year, clearly indicates that TB is a long way from becoming a thing of the past. It also raises one central question: Why does tuberculosis continue to be a major public health problem in the EU/EEA?
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