Tuberculosis is a disease that not only affects personal health – it has far-reaching effects on the economy and society as a whole. It’s more important than ever to end tuberculosis, but no person or organization can do that alone.
Because of this, the World Health Organization encourages the world to unite in the fight against tuberculosis every year on March 24. It’s the day that the discovery of the bacteria causing tuberculosis was announced in 1882. This discovery ultimately made it possible to treat and cure the deadly disease.
What is tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis is a condition that mainly affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body. In 2016, over 10 million people worldwide were infected by tuberculosis.
Here are the 4 top facts to know about tuberculosis:
- Tuberculosis is caused by airborne bacteria travelling between people through sneezes, spit, and coughing.
- Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death in the world.
- The number of people diagnosed with tuberculosis is dropping – but there is still a long way to go.
- Tuberculosis can be cured.
One of the main concerns with tuberculosis is that the symptoms can be very hard to spot in the early stages. This means that people who are infected with tuberculosis might infect other people without knowing they are sick.
Unite to end tuberculosis
This year, the World Health Organization urges leaders all over the world to step up and put tuberculosis on the political agenda, no matter what government or organization they might represent.
It’s important for every individual to support this message and keep the fight against tuberculosis going. United, we can all work towards a tuberculosis-free world.