Sotgiu, Giovanni and Falzon, Dennis and Castiglia, Paolo Giuseppino and Migliori, Giovanni Battista and Raviglione, Mario C. (2014) Tuberculosis and the strategy for the New Millennium: not simply “more of same”. Epidemiology biostatistics and public health, Vol. 11 (2), e10116. ISSN 2282-2305. eISSN 2282-0930. Article.
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Since the beginning of human history, tuberculosis (TB) has threatened the wellbeing of mankind. The last Global Tuberculosis Report, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2013, highlighted the significant burden in morbidity and mortality that Mycobacterium tuberculosis still bears in the world today. The strong association between the TB burden and poverty has been well quantified in recent decades and this link remains ever more relevant today. While it is true that wealth shields no individual from TB, it is equally true that the disease exacts its heaviest toll on the poorer communities in the world. The geographical areas most affected by the disease are in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia, where unfavourable political, social and economic factors conspire together against the health of people and in favour of TB and other infectious conditions linked with poverty, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.
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