Tuberculosis control in Asia

The case of China

Authored by: John Walley , Xiaolin Wei

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415643825
eBook ISBN: 9781315818719
Adobe ISBN: 9781317817703


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Tuberculosis (TB) is an air-borne communicable disease caused by bacteria mostly affecting the lungs. People with TB transmit the disease through coughing and sneezing. TB has been widely spread across the world. In 2011, there were 8.7 million new cases and 990,000 deaths of TB, including 430,000 deaths among HIV positive patients [1]. Over 90 per cent of people with HIV eventually died from TB because TB is more likely to infect people with immune deficiency.

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