The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one-third of the world's population is infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. About 2 million people die from TB each year.1
Almost 9 million new active TB cases occurred in 2011.2
More than 80% of the people with TB live in 22 countries, most of them in Africa and Asia.2
In the United States 11,162 people had active TB in 2010.3
Nachega JB, Chaisson RE (2003). Tuberculosis drug resistance: A global threat. Clinical Infectious Disease, 36(Suppl 1): S24-S30.
World Health Organization (2012). Global Tuberculosis Report 2012. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press. Available online: http://www.who.int/tb/publications/global_report/en.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Trends in tuberculosis-United States, 2011. MMWR, 61(11): 181-185. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6111a2.htm?s_cid=mm6111a2_e%0D%0A. [Erratum in MMWR, 61(18): 329. Also available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6118a7.htm.]
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerR. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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