PAHO: Caribbean countries among those with the lowest incidence of TB

(PAHO/WHO) – Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from tuberculosis (TB) fell by 37.5% in the Americas and new cases dropped by 24%. However, the rate of decline must be accelerated for the Region to be able to end the disease, according to a new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Tuberculosis in the Americas 2018, a report issued on the eve of the first United Nations High-level Meeting on Ending TB, provides a complete and updated assessment of the TB epidemic and progress made in treating and preventing the disease in the Region.

In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 282,000 new cases of TB in the Americas, 11% of which were in people living with HIV. In all, 87% of cases were concentrated in 10 countries, with Brazil, Peru and Mexico reporting just over half…

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