Tuberculosis is one of the major causes of disability and death worldwide. More than 95 percent of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. In 2014, 9.6 million people became ill with TB, and 1.5 million people died from the disease. TB is a leading cause of death for people infected with HIV. In 2015, 1 in 3 HIV deaths was due to TB. Globally in 2014, an estimated 480,000 people developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). NIAID is part of the global research community that is committed to finding new ways to better understand, diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent TB.
Media Availability: Blood Test Can Predict Risk of Developing Tuberculosis—March 23, 2016
Statement: World Tuberculosis Day—March 23, 2016
Media Availability: Experimental Aerosol TB Vaccine Protects Monkeys, NIH-Funded Researchers Find —Oct. 16, 2015
NIH, South African Medical Research Council Award $8 Million in HIV, TB Grants—April 13, 2015
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Last Updated March 23, 2016