Study Produces First Estimates Of TB’s Role In Under-5 Deaths, Suggests Need For Improved Diagnostics

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB killed an estimated 239,000 children in 2015, nearly all of them untreated, study finds
Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses findings from a study published in The Lancet that suggest tuberculosis is the sixth leading cause of death in children under five. Barton writes, “Improved efforts to find children who have been exposed to tuberculosis, or are at high risk for the disease … as well as increased use of existing diagnostic tools … that accurately detect the disease in children [and] the development of new tools that can be used with children, would significantly reduce deaths from the disease among children, particularly those younger than five, the authors note” (8/15).