Revised April 2000
Tuberculosis kills 2 million people each year. The global
epidemic is growing and becoming more dangerous. The breakdown in health
services, the spread of HIV/AIDS and the emergence of multidrug-resistant TB are
contributing to the worsening impact of this disease.
In 1993, the World Health Organization (WHO) took an
unprecedented step and declared tuberculosis a global emergency, so great was
the concern about the modern TB epidemic.
It is estimated that between 2000 and 2020, nearly one billion
people will be newly infected, 200 million people will get sick, and 35 million
will die from TB - if control is not further