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World TB day


World TB Day looks to a world free of TB on March 24 of each year.

It’s sometimes called an ancient disease, but tuberculosis, or TB, is still a threat globally, infecting millions of people worldwide and approximately 1 600 every year in Canada.

The international Stop TB Partnership reports that in 2010, more than 8 million people became infected with TB and 1.4 million people died from TB disease.

About World TB Day

World TB Day is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus.

The Stop TB Partnership is an international partnership of more than 100 organizations that aims to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it. Stop TB Partnership operates through a secretariat hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Information provided by Health Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada and Stop TB Partnership.