Bid begins to eradicate neglected TB threat

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The most commonly used tools to diagnose TB do not differentiate between the human and animal form of the disease, complicating efforts to treat those who fall sick. Photo: Anna Dean

Efforts are under way to eradicate a neglected form of tuberculosis that has a particularly damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia, UN health experts said on Thursday.

Animal – or zoonotic – TB can be passed to humans through contaminated meat or dairy products and kills at least 12,000 people a year, according to new data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its economic consequences are serious too, but the hope is that the first Roadmap for Zoonotic TB – launched at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico – will help change that, as WHO’s Dr Anna Dean explained to Daniel Johnson.

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