WHO Urges Australia, New Zealand, USA to Eliminate Tuberculosis
By Smitha Nambiar | July 4, 2014 5:03 PM EST
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the U.S. to help eliminate the deadly tuberculosis completely by the year 2050. The WHO has signaled out 33 countries that have low rates of tuberculosis and can easily wipe out the disease from the nation.
Tuberculosis (TB), which took the lives of 1.3 million people across the globe in 2013, is becoming one of the most dreadful disease after AIDS. The WHO said that 33 countries with nearly 100 per million inhabitants face the challenge of eliminating tuberculosis completely by 2050.
Speaking to reporters about the general public's ignorance in understanding tuberculosis, Marco Raviglione, the head of the WHO's anti-tuberculosis programme, said the world is at the juncture where tuberculosis can be controlled easily. He said, "We are at an historical point now in control of tuberculosis worldwide and there are number of countries, we count 33, that are really at the low level of incidence that allows them to truly target elimination." Raviglione further added that the general public of these countries with low rates of tuberculosis believe that it is a disease of the past.
Though severe complications leading to death are rare, tuberculosis can have serious implications on the individual. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, almost 155,000 people suffer from tuberculosis even today with nearly 10,000 deaths. In New Zealand alone, there are approximately 300 cases of tuberculosis diagnosed each year, according to the Ministry of Health.
The WHO will be putting forward a series of anti-tuberculosis measures at an international conference to be held in Rome.
Tuberculosis (TB), a highly infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, mainly affects the lungs. It is also known to affect organs in the central nervous system, lymphatic system, and circulatory system, among others. Tuberculosis treatment involves taking several antibiotic drugs for at least six months and sometimes for as long as 12 months.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Forever Lost: Indescribable Anguish for Malaysia Airlines MH17 Families, Remains of Some Victims May Never Be Found (PHOTOS)
- Global Aviation Accidents: UN to Form Safety Task Force, Gov'ts Should Share Intelligence Info to Avert Future Incidents on Flying Over Warzones (PHOTOS)
- PageSix: Beyonce & Jay Z Union is Not About Love, All About Business & the Brand
Join the Conversation
- NASA Astronomers Unearths Mysterious Signal That 'Could Not Be Explained By Known Physics' [Watch Video]
- Richard Norris' Successful Face Transplant Lands Him in GQ Cover [WATCH VIDEOS]
- Industrial Air Pollution May Help Search for Alien Life - Scientists
- Luxury Cruise: A 'Once In A Lifetime' Trip To Experience Environment Devastation in the Arctic
- Breaking Discovery: Industrial Pollution Reached South Pole by 19th Century
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha Leaks Online: Release Date, Five Features to Wait for New Smart Phone
- Photos of Motorola Moto X+1 Prototype and Specs Leak Online, Release Date, Four Fresh Features Revealed
- Sony Xperia Z3: Release Date, Five Features to Expect from New Android Smart Phone
- Freshly Leaked Apple iPad Air 2 Cases Confirm Touch ID Sensor; Release Date, Limited Specs and Price Listed
- Top Surprising Features Of iOS 8
- Top 4 Reasons Why iPhone 6 Will Hit Big Soon After its Sept 2014 Release Date
- Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Guide: Schedule and How to Install