The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) today called forstepped-up efforts to prevent and control tuberculosis in the Americas, especially in vulnerablepopulations living in large cities. Despite significant advances against TB, the disease continuesto be the second-leading...
South-East Asia accounts for 40% of the world’s burden of tuberculosis. However, with greaterpublic awareness of TB, increased number of cases being detected, and more people havingaccess to adequate treatment, the number of deaths due to the disease has declined by 40%since 1990, and the Region is on track to achieve the global target of 50% reduction in deathrates (compared with 1990) by 2015.
19-03-2013Over 1000 patients are estimated to fall sick with tuberculosis (TB) every day across Europe –or over 380 000 yearly – signalling that there is no room for complacency when it comes to TBprevention and control. Marking World TB Day, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and ECDCtoday released new surveillance data for 2011. The data show that while overall the number of TB cases has come down at a rate of 5% per year, countries in the eastern part of the WHOEuropean Region bear 87% of the burden. These countries also recorded most of the estimated44 000 TB deaths in 2011. The European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) countriesreported over 72 000 cases of TB, which signifies a 4% decrease compared to 2010.
Update: Polio this week -
As of 20 March 2013
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- In 2013, no WPV3 cases have been reported. Over the past six months, only two cases due tothis strain were reported worldwide (both in Nigeria, the most recent had onset of paralysis on10 November). In Asia, no WPV3 cases have been reported since last April. It is the lowestlevels of WPV3 transmission ever recorded.- The latest information on polio-related research activities have been published in the newestedition of Polio Pipeline, availablehere [pdf].
- One new WPV case was reported in the past week (WPV1 from Bauchi), bringing the totalnumber of WPV cases for 2013 to five. It is the most recent case in the country and had onsetof paralysis on 13 February. The total number of WPV cases for 2012 remains 122.
- The security situation continues to be monitored closely, in consultation with law enforcementagencies. Immunization activities continue to be implemented, in some areas staggered orpostponed, depending on the security situation at the local level.