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1M Children Worldwide Contract TB Annually, According To Study

News outlets report on a new study that says one million children worldwide become infected with tuberculosis (TB) annually and 32,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of TB.

Agence France-Presse: A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study
“About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with tuberculosis every year, said a study Monday that also gave the first tally of drug-resistant TB among the young…” (3/24).

Times of India: Tuberculosis affects 1 million children annually: Study
“Harvard researchers believe that over one million children suffer from tuberculosis annually — twice the number previously thought to have TB…” (Iyer, 3/24).

Reuters: As many as 32,000 kids infected with drug-resistant TB: report
“As many as 32,000 children worldwide become sick each year with a drug-resistant ‘superbug’ strain of tuberculosis, according to new estimates by U.S. researchers that for the first time quantify rates of this difficult-to-treat form of TB…” (Steenhuysen, 3/23).

VOA News: One Million Children Infected with Tuberculosis Yearly: Study
“On World TB Day, March 24, there’s some sobering news about children and tuberculosis. A new study estimates that every year, 1 million children worldwide become infected with TB. That’s twice previous World Health Organization estimates and three times the number of youngsters who are reported, diagnosed and treated for the disease annually. More concerning still is news that 32,000 children are sick with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, which is extremely difficult to treat…” (Berman, 3/23).

Wall Street Journal: Tuberculosis Affects Children More Than Previously Thought
“About one million children world-wide under 15 years old contract tuberculosis every year, twice as many as previously thought, according to a new study from researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. About 32,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of the airborne disease, according to the study, published Sunday night in The Lancet journal…” (McKay, 3/23).

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