Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious airborne disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which infects one third of the world’s population. Timely prevention, diagnosis and treatment can control the spread of infection and treat and cure existing cases. WHO/Europe works with many partners to improve monitoring and surveillance of TB and supports the implementation of the Stop TB Strategy.

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Data and statistics

10–15 people

If left untreated, each person with active TB infects, on average, this number of people every year.


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