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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WHO supports pilot project on video observed treatment for tuberculosis patients in Minsk, Belarus

In late 2015, the Ministry of Health of Belarus and WHO designed the first pilot project on video (or virtually) observed treatment for patients at a major tuberculosis clinic in Minsk.

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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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