Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Fewer Tuberculosis Patients

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Fewer Tuberculosis Patients

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The number of new tuberculosis patients decreased at an average rate of 4.3% every year between 2007 and 2016 in the 53-country WHO European Region, according to a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Despite this rapid decline, countries in the WHO Region are not on track to achieve the targets to end the tuberculosis epidemic.

The Stop TB strategy sets the target of a 90% reduction in new cases by 2035. The target of sustainable development goal 3 is a reduction of 80% of cases by 2030, as compared with the baseline year of 2015.

Low detection rates and inadequate treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are the main drivers of the tuberculosis epidemic in Europe, the report said.

Data from the 2016 tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring report indicate that one in four people with MDR-TB in the WHO European Region does not receive a diagnosis. …

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