Advances in public health have gotten us very far and has saved societies from destruction on numerous occasions. It is important to remember however, that despite it not being as prevalent in much of the developed world, thousands of people are dying from diseases every day. One of the diseases is Tuberculosis (TB). Here are 5 shocking facts that you may not have known about the still very prevalent and destructive disease.
1. If left untreated, Tuberculosis will kill around 50 percent of those affected, with the vast majority of those affected living in developing nations.
2. Two billion people, about 1/3 of the global population are infected with the microbes that cause Tuberculosis, and around 1/10 of those people will become sick with TB at some point in there life.
3. The disease can be spread through the air from things like coughing, reports show that the average person living with active TB infects about 10-15 people annually.
4. Tuberculosis is curable with long term treatment yet and approximate average of 5000 people still die from it every day.
5. Because weaker immune systems make it easier for the disease to take hold, people with HIV/AIDS are much more likely to die from it and TB is one of the biggest contributors to HIV deaths, often in Africa where both diseases are common.
All data from the World Health Organization.
To learn more about the disease, check out their website here: WHO: Tuberculosis