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World TB Day commemorates the discovery of the tuberculosis 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 toward diagnosing and curing TB.

While great strides have been made to control and cure TB, people still get sick and die from this disease. Much more needs to be done to eliminate this disease.

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

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Publication:Emerging Infectious Diseases
Article Type:Brief article
Date:May 1, 2019
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