We must keep fighting TB
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