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Experts, Study Discuss TB Diagnosis, Prevention, Treatment Efforts Ahead Of U.N. High-Level Meeting

The Guardian: Fighting the world’s deadliest infectious disease: how to tackle TB
“It is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing almost two million people a year — more than HIV and malaria combined — but the fight against tuberculosis (TB) is still severely underfunded and neglected by politicians and decision-makers, experts warn. … This month, the United Nations General Assembly will hold the first high-level meeting on the TB crisis, putting a spotlight on the disease 25 years after it was declared a global emergency. Ahead of the event, The Guardian held a roundtable discussion with experts in the field, chaired by Health Editor Sarah Boseley and supported by the Stop TB Partnership, to discuss the barriers to fighting the disease…” (Larsson, 9/21).

New York Times: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find
“Although experts frequently assert that nearly 1.7 billion people carry dormant tuberculosis worldwide, that figure may be a ‘gross exaggeration’ of the real threat, a recent study concludes. The study, published last month in the journal BMJ, found that nearly everyone who falls seriously ill with TB does so within two years of getting infected. So-called latent infections only rarely become active, even in old age. … The challenge to conventional wisdom comes at an opportune time. On Sept. 18, the World Health Organization issued its annual TB report, and on Sept. 26, the United Nations General Assembly will hold its first high-level meeting on the disease…” (McNeil, 9/20).

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