WASHINGTON: A new research has shown that the global lockdown caused by COVID-19 risks a “devastating” surge in tuberculosis cases, with nearly 1.4 million additional deaths from the world’s biggest infectious killer by 2025.
TB, a bacterial infection that normally attacks patients’ lungs, is largely treatable yet still infects an estimated 10 million people every year.
In 2018, it killed around 1.5 million people, according to the World Health Organisation, including more than 200,000 children.
Since effective medication exists, the world’s TB response is centred on testing and treating as many patients as possible.
But as COVID-19 forces governments to place …read more
Source:: The Frontier Post