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Cases of TB deaths fell 40% worldwide since the 90s

Despite the drop in cases, the World Health Organization warned that the disease killed 1.4 million people in 2011

 
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that deaths from TB fell 40% between 1990 and 2011.

The information was released on the eve of World Tuberculosis Day, which will be remembered on Sunday (24). According to the organization, the incidence of new cases is also in a downtrend.

The agency warned that despite advances many challenges persist in fighting the disease. The data show that 1.4 million people died from TB in 2011 and nearly 9 million cases were recorded.

WHO stated that 95% of deaths occur in low and middle incomes. The poorest communities are the most affected, but the risk is large.

Also according to the UN agency, the disease is among the top three causes of death for women between 15 and 44 years. Of the 500 000 children infected with the bacillus of Koch, in 2011, 64 000 died.

A major concern of WHO has been with drug-resistant tuberculosis. The organization's director general, Margaret Chan, said that approximately 4% of people with the disease have drug resistance.

With UN <i> information </ i>

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