Every hour 30 people are diagnosed with tuberculosis in the European Region. It’s time to make TB a disease of the past
The latest ECDC/WHO report Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019 (2017 data) shows that despite an overall decline in numbers of people suffering from TB, the disease remains a major public health challenge in the Region.
Will tuberculosis be the next disease to be eliminated in Europe?
It should be. Despite being a curable disease, tuberculosis (TB) is still a challenging public health issue in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), with over 55 000 TB infections reported annually and thousands of fatalities.
Press release: 4% annual decrease too slow to end TB by 2030 – call for Europe’s commitment to increase investment to end TB
A new report published today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe indicates that the number of new tuberculosis (TB) patients has been decreasing at an average rate of 4.3% per year in the WHO European Region over the last decade.
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.
New drug resistant form of tuberculosis reported in IndiaArchived
In a recent scientific article (Udwadia, F et al. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2011, Dec 21, Eprint) four cases of so-called total drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) were reported from India.
The next step: ECDC welcomes decision on new action plan on multi-drug resistant tuberculosisArchived
The WHO Regional Committee for Europe approved a new action plan to tackle multi-drug resistant and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) today. This is another milestone in the European efforts to secure strong tuberculosis prevention and control across the region.