Tuberculosis

World TB Day
Gary Hamptom/WHO SEARO

Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease. India has the highest burden of TB with two deaths occuring every three minutes from tuberculosis (TB). But these deaths can be prevented. With proper care and treatment, TB patients can be cured and the battle against TB can be won.

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India burden

27%The proportion of incident TB cases of the world in 2015

Tuberculosis: India profile
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TB cases in India

2.8 millionpeople developed TB in India in 2015

End TB strategy at a glance
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MDR/RR-TB cases in India

0.13 millionpeople developed multidrug-resistant or rifampicin resistant tuberculosis in India in 2015

Updated and interim estimates of TB disease burden in India
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