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Medical News and Perspectives
June 2, 2004

Funding, Advances Invigorate TB Fight

JAMA. 2004;291(21):2529-2530. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2529

Long before the emergence of AIDS, SARS, and a host of other headline-grabbing infections, there was tuberculosis (TB). While the disease may have largely receded from the minds of many of those living in developed countries, this ancient scourge infects fully one third of the world's population and kills 2 million people each year, not including the 20% of HIV-infected individuals who die with active TB.

But no country is immune, as travel and immigration have brought the disease to all corners of the globe. Surveillance data show that 14 871 individuals with active TB disease live in the United States, less than half of whom are native-born (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004;53;209-214).

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