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World TB Day

World TB Day commemorates the discovery of the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) by Dr. Robert Koch on March 24, 1882. World TB day is commemorated on this date each year to raise awareness among the public and policy makers that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in most parts of the world, and a public health problem in developed countries, causing the deaths of about one and a half million people each year. Koch's discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.

World TB Day provides the opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions and to support worldwide TB-control efforts. While great strides have been made to control and cure TB, people still get sick and die from this disease in our country. Much more needs to be done to eliminate this disease.

Click on the links to Emerging Infectious Diseases articles and podcasts below and learn more about the latest information and emerging trends in TB.


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Epidemiology of Human Mycobacterium bovis Disease, California, USA, 2003–2011

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Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria Associated with Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Australia, 2005–2011

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Use of Drug-Susceptibility Testing for Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, Thailand, 2004–2008

Fatal Nosocomial MDR TB Identified through Routine Genetic Analysis and Whole-Genome Sequencing

Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Europe, 2010–2011

Prisons as Reservoir for Community Transmission of Tuberculosis, Brazil

Increased Risk for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Migratory Workers, Armenia

Characteristics of Tuberculosis Cases that Started Outbreaks in the United States, 2002–2011

Moxifloxacin Prophylaxis Against MDR TB, New York, New York, USA

Noninvasive Test for Tuberculosis Detection among Primates

Buruli Ulcer in Traveler from Suriname, South America, to the Netherlands

Tuberculosis Microepidemics among Dispersed Migrants, Birmingham, UK, 2004–2013

Spillover of Mycobacterium bovis from Wildlife to Livestock, South 

Mycobacterium bovis Infection in Humans and Cats in Same Household, Texas, USA, 2012

Red Deer as Maintenance Host for Bovine Tuberculosis, Alpine Region

Role of Race/Ethnicity in Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Disease

Treatment of Mycobacterium abscessus subsp. massiliense Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis

Disseminated Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Imported Sooty Mangabey, Thailand

Mycobacterium bovis BCG–Associated Osteomyelitis/Osteitis, Taiwan

Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Outbreak in Gaming Centers, Singapore, 2012

HIV-Associated Disseminated Emmonsiosis, Johannesburg, South Africa

Beijing Lineage of MDR Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Bulgaria, 2007–2011

Bacteria in Dairy Products in Baggage of Incoming Travelers, Brazil

Mycobacterium tuberculosis Beijing Genotype Resistance to Transient Rifampin Exposure

Pulmonary Disease Caused by Mycobacterium marseillense, Italy

Pulmonary Infection and Colonization with Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, Taiwan, 2000–2012

Prevalence and Drug Resistance of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, Northern China, 2008–2011

Possible Misidentification of Mycobacterium yongonense

Distinguishing Nontuberculous Mycobacteria from Multidrug-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, China

Treatment Practices, Outcomes, and Costs of Multidrug-Resistant and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, United States, 2005–2007

Regional Variation in Travel-related Illness acquired in Africa, March 1997–May 2011

High-level Relatedness among Mycobacterium abscessus subsp. massiliense Strains from Widely Separated Outbreaks

Minimal Diversity of Drug-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis Strains, South Africa

Nontoxigenic tox-bearing Corynebacterium ulcerans Infection among Game Animals, Germany

Buruli Ulcer in Liberia, 2012

Concomitant Multidrug-resistant Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Susceptible Tuberculous Meningitis

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