Governments to discuss tackling tuberculosis at UN summit

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UNITED NATIONS – Governments from around the world will address the persistent scourge of tuberculosis at a high-level meeting Wednesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

TB killed about 1.3 million people worldwide last year, making it the leading cause of death from an infectious disease – ahead of HIV/AIDS. A further 300,000 people with both HIV and TB died in 2017.

While tuberculosis has been successfully contained with the help of modern medicine in many rich countries, instances of the disease remain high in poorer nations.

Experts also warn that drug-resistant variants of this deadly communicable disease pose a growing threat, with India, China and Russia particular affected.

Campaigners are calling for more funding to ensure new TB cases worldwide are properly diagnosed and treated.

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