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WHO: India tops list seven new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in 2016

 

 

World Health Organization: India tops list seven new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in 2016

The World Health Organization has released New Global TB Report 2017 on 31 October 2017. India has topped the list of seven countries accounting for almost 64% of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in 2016.

According to the new report, India was followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa.

The report stated, an estimated 1.7 million people died from TB in 2016, including nearly 400,000 people who were co-infected with HIV, recording a drop of 4% in comparison to 2015.

India as well as China and the Russia accounted for almost of half of the 490,000, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases registered in 2016. Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) remains a public health crisis and a health security threat.

There were 600 000 new cases with resistance to rifampicin, the most effective first-line drug, of which 490 000 had MDR- TB.

Despite global efforts to combat TB, saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced TB mortality rate by 37%, the disease still was the top infectious killer in 2016.

TB has also been reported to be the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV.


 

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