|Fact sheet No 104: Tuberculosis - Revised April 2000 (WHO, 2000, 3 p.)|
Each year, more people are dying of TB. New outbreaks have occurred in Eastern Europe, where TB deaths are increasing after almost 40 years of steady decline. In terms of numbers of cases, the biggest burden of TB is in south-east Asia.
· TB kills about 2 million people each year.
· Around 8 million people become sick with TB each year.
· Over 1.5 million TB cases per year occur in sub-Saharan Africa. This number is rising rapidly as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
· Nearly 3 million TB cases per year occur in south-east Asia.
· Over a quarter of a million TB cases per year occur in Eastern Europe.