Tuberculosis (TB) continues its 3000-year history of decimation,1 currently infecting one third of the world’s
population and killing approximately 2 million individuals annually.2,3
Some developed countries, such as the United States, have had declining
numbers of individuals infected with TB over the past decade, but 23 countries
account for 80% of all new TB cases, with more than half concentrated in 5
countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria).4 Most
new cases in the United States, and probably a substantial proportion of new
cases in other developed countries, occur among individuals born in other
countries. Clearly, TB is a global health problem.
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