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Tuberculosis control in the developing world: A review

Datta, Manjula (1992) Tuberculosis control in the developing world: A review. In: Epidemiology in Medicine. Menon Foundation, Interline Publishing, Bangalore, pp. 99-118.

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Abstract

Tuberculosis is a multi-system disease caused by the microbe, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is estimated that there were 8 million new cases and 2.9 million deaths due to tuberculosis globally in 1990. This makes tuberculosis the largest cause of morbidity and mortality due to a single pathogen in the world. This is further magnified by the fact that 26 per cent of all avoidable deaths are caused by tuberculosis. Thus even eleven decades after the discovery of the causative agent of tuberculosis, five decades after the discovery of chemotherapy and two decades after the development of sterilizing short course regimens, tuberculosis remains a serious public health problem. When thechildren saved from gastroenteritis, respiratory infections and vaccine preventable diseases have growth into potentially productive adults, tuberculosis deprives the national economy of their contribution. The sobering thought is that unless the health planners give tuberculosis the importance it deserves, ‘Health for All’ would remain a mirage even by the turn of the 21st century.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 08:52
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 07:20
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/317

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