We must keep fight­ing TB

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY+REGION -

Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) is a highly con­ta­gious dis­ease, caused by bac­te­ria. Each year, TB claims the lives of 1.7 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide. TB is not only a prob­lem in third-world-coun­tries, but also here in Canada, with a higher preva­lence in the north­ern prov­inces.

Some TB bac­te­ria have changed over the years, giv­ing rise to forms of mul­tidrug re­sis­tant TB, which means treat­ment is lengthy, com­pli­cated and ac­com­pa­nied by se­vere side ef­fects.

Did you know that one in four peo­ple in this world has TB? March 24 was World TB day, rais­ing aware­ness and pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to mo­bi­lize funds to­wards TB elim­i­na­tion. I am glad to see Canada as a top donor to the Global Fund to fight tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. Karolin Kle­ment, PhD, Cal­gary

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