Who Is Affected by Tuberculosis (TB)
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one-third of the
world's population is infected with the bacteria that cause
tuberculosis. About 2 million people die from TB each
- More than 9 million new active TB cases occurred in 2007.2
- More than
80% of the people with TB live in Africa and Asia.2
- In the United States 14,093
people had active TB in 2005.3
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology|
|Last Revised||April 15, 2011|