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TB is no longer the disease of the poor; steps to manage and contain it

Worse, it is antibiotic resistant; get yourself tested if you think you have the disease; start treatment immediately, self-quarantine for 2-3 weeks

New rapid TB tests could reduce mortality

Gina Singh
On World TB day, the world bank and the ministry of Health and Family cautions that Tuberculosis can no longer be confined to spaces which are segmented into poor, unsanitary slums. India leads the world with the largest number of patients at 480,000 of the estimated 600,000 world wide cases in 2016. Almost 1,400 deaths are attributed to TB daily in India. Amongst the notifiable disease, TB is the biggest threat to our population as the airborne disease with a bacteria which is able to survive upto 24 hours can be transmitted as easily in confined public places.

“One reason is

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First Published: Mar 29 2018 | 2:26 PM IST

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