World Tuberculosis Day - 24 March 2017
Tuberculosis (TB) has become the world’s leading single infectious disease killer, an unenviable title previously held by HIV/AIDS. It is therefore more important than ever to join forces against TB to successfully reach the goal of ending TB by 2030. World Tuberculosis Day - marked each year on 24 March - gives the occasion to raise awareness about TB and to advocate for efforts to eliminate it.
‘Unite to end TB’ is the global theme for World Tuberculosis Day and it resonates as a reminder that we can overcome the challenge, we can end TB, provided we stand together.
Alongside the World Health Organization, ECDC published the joint report ‘Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2017’, which gives a detailed overview of the TB situation in the whole European region.
Although the general downward trend in the number of cases is encouraging, it is not sufficient to end TB by the set target. This trend is also less visible in some vulnerable groups and, for TB patients co-infected with HIV, the TB treatment is less likely to succeed.
Together with the EU/EEA countries, ECDC has gathered various online resources on tuberculosis, encompassing a range of locations, materials and languages. Sharing existing materials and information could play a role in inspiring and helping one another.
Combining efforts will provide the key to eliminate TB.
All materials released by ECDC are accessible from this dedicated page.
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in migrants, multi-country cluster – ECDC risk assessment
ECDC has published a third update to assess the risk of transmission within the EU of a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) strain initially detected by Switzerland in seven asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa. Recommendations are given to help improve the understanding and the public health impact of this cluster for the EU.Read more
TB/HIV co-infections up 40% across Europe over the last five years
New data released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe ahead of World TB Day show that new tuberculosis cases and deaths in the 53 countries of the WHO European Region declined each year by 4.3% and 8.5% respectively between 2011 and 2015. However, vulnerable groups for TB infection, such as people living with HIV, prisoners and migrants, do not benefit from this overall trend. In particular, new TB/HIV co-infections increased by 40% over the same time period.Read more