Items tagged with TB epidemiology

Fifteen years after war, Timor-Leste must ready itself for a new fight (post with simple image)

Rofino’s children look on anxiously as their father, all skin and bones, coughs away on his bed, his breath fluttering and weak. The 45-year-old has had tuberculosis for six years, and in early June was admitted to hospital after a spell of coughing up blood. Sharing the TB ward with him at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili are five smear-positive patients; in a neighboring ward, many more await test results.

Harsh Vardhan launches India's first 'National Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey' (post with simple image)

In the wake of multi-drug resistant (MDR)-TB cases increasing in India, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today launched India's first National Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey, India 2014-15 here today (Sept 6).

Childhood TB webinar: What's in a number? Two recent reports estimating childhood TB cases (post with simple image)

The webinar, organized by the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, will review 1) a 2014 report estimating global childhood TB disease incidence, including multidrug-resistant TB; 2) a 2014 report estimating childhood TB infection and disease in high TB-burden countries; and 3) practical implications for clinicians and other child health advocates.

Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic (post with simple image)

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis. The situation, Mrs Kanarovskaya continued, is complicated by an acute shortage of doctors and nurses of TB profile, as well as a critical situation in Ukraine’s health care in general. The growing workload on health workers is accompanied by more and more TB cases being detected among physicians.

Tuberculosis genomes track human history (post with simple image)

From the dawn of agriculture to the fall of the Soviet Union, major events in human history have left marks in the DNA of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). A study of nearly 5,000 samples of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from around the world shows how a lineage of the bacterium that emerged thousands of years ago in Asia has since become a global killer that is widely resistant to antibiotic drugs1.

ECDC: Annual Epidemiological Report 2014: tuberculosis (post with simple image)

The Annual Epidemiological Report 2014 for respiratory tract infections - tuberculosis provides a snapshot of the epidemiological situation of TB in Europe, featuring data from 2012.

Report: Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 (post with simple image)

The report includes the latest estimates around the response to drug-related HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis.

Each day 1000 people fall sick with tuberculosis in the European Region (post with simple image)

Tuberculosis cases down by 6% in 2013 – pace too slow to reach elimination this century. Rates of MDR-TB remain at very high levels, making the European Region the most affected area of the entire world.

ECDC: Tuberculosis in Europe: from passive control to active elimination – high- and low-incidence countries (post with simple image)

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.

Common Sense: Preventing TB in the US (post with simple image)

This white paper released by Stop TB USA on World TB Day urges a more robust national TB response which focuses on diagnosing and treating latent TB to prevent future active cases.

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