Immunology

World TB Day

Sorry – this is nothing to do with card making, but still important.

TODAY IS WORLD TB DAY – it is held today because it was this day in 1882 that Robert Koch announced that he had found the infective cause of tuberculosis – a bacterium we know today as Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Even though the infectious organism is known we are still blighted by it and humans all over the world are still dying.

According to the WHO:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent.
  • In 2010, 8.8 million people fell ill with TB and 1.4 million died from TB.

World TB Day is a chance to raise awareness and publicise efforts to combat the disease, so please have a look at the Stop TB Partnership website.

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