Tempting as it might be to think of tuberculosis (TB) as a disease of history, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.45 million people died of TB in 2010. Up to a third of the world’s population lives with latent TB infection, and many people living with HIV/AIDS are co-infected with TB. Drug-resistant TB infections are a particularly serious threat.
The goal of World TB Day is to draw attention to the ongoing battle against TB and the need for biomedical research to develop new treatments and control strategies. For more information, please refer to the announcement by NIAID.