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WHO warns of rise in tuberculosis cases worldwide

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Tuberculosis has experienced a significant resurgence since the Covid-19 pandemic. In one year, the number of new cases increased by 4.5% : more than 10 million people developed tuberculosis in 2021. We deplore 1.6 million deaths due to tuberculosis, the second deadliest infectious disease, after Covid-19 and before AIDS.

This is the first time in many years that there has been an increase in the number of people developing the disease as well as its drug-resistant form.

While the disease can be prevented and treated, the WHO warns of the increasing resistance to treatment against tuberculosis. 450,000 new cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis were declared in 2021. “The burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis increased by 3% between 2020 and 2021”, specifies the WHO report.

“The time has come to put an end to this long-killing disease. By working together, we can end tuberculosis said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. The World Health Organization calls on governments to increase their investmentsto “put in place urgent measures to restore access to essential services in the fight against tuberculosis” and recalls “the need for new diagnostic tools, drugsand vaccines.

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