World Tuberculosis Day

Doctor looking at a chest x-ray

World Tuberculosis Day is March 24.

World Tuberculosis Day

Every year, we acknowledge the devastation this disease brings to the world. The annual theme for 2016 is “Unite to end tuberculosis.” Many say TB referring to tuberculosis.

TB is still an epidemic in most of the world. It is seen mostly in developing countries. One third of the world’s population is infected with the disease. TB is the cause of nearly one-in-a-half million deaths each year. It is one of the world’s deadliest disease. March 24, 1882 is the day Dr. Robert Koch announced he had discovered the cause of TB. His discovery was a huge scientific breakthrough. Knowing what causes the disease, helps us treat the disease. TB usually attacks the lungs, but can attack any part of the body. Anyone can contract tuberculosis. It is an air-born disease. It is spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released by the person showing signs of the disease via a cough or a sneeze. With that being said, it is important to remember people who have latent tuberculosis do not have the disease. They do not show symptoms of the disease. They cannot spread the disease. People with HIV are at an increased risk of TB. Many strains of the tuberculosis bacteria resist the drugs that are most used to treat the disease. CompassionCare Hospice realizes that we all have to work together to get rid of this disease.