World Tuberculosis (TB) Day - 24 March

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World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is an annual event observed on 24 March.

An Overview of the News

  • TB is an infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs, caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

  • Transmission occurs through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or spits.

  • It is possible to prevent and cure TB with a regimen of antibacterial drugs for a period of 6 to 12 months.

  • Untreated TB can have fatal consequences, underscoring the importance of early detection and appropriate treatment.

Theme of World Tuberculosis Day

  • The theme of World Tuberculosis Day 2024 is "Yes! We can end TB".

  • This theme emphasizes global efforts to eliminate the disease through awareness and action.

History of World Tuberculosis Day

  • World TB Day, observed every year on 24 March, commemorates the discovery of the bacteria causing TB by Dr. Robert Koch in 1882.

  • Proposed by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) in 1982 on the centenary of Koch's discovery, it became an official day of observance in 1983.

  • The day aims to raise awareness about tuberculosis globally and advocate for prevention, treatment and research efforts.

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