Tuberculosis – Ukraine
A total of 1228 new cases of Tuberculosis have been reported in Ukraine, increasing the total of new cases in August to 1622.
Tuberculosis is an airborne disease affecting the lungs, causing coughs and breathlessness.
Around 12,950 cases are treated in Ukraine in August, of which 1622 are new.
Photo: Mycobacterium tuberculosis electron micrograph.
About one quarter of the world’s population has a tuberculosis infection, which means people have been infected but are not (yet) ill with the disease and cannot transmit it.
When a person develops active tuberculosis, the symptoms (such as cough, fever, night sweats, or weight loss) may be mild for many months. This can lead to delays in seeking care, and results in transmission of the bacteria to others. People with active tuberculosis can infect 5 to 15 other people through close contact over the course of a year.
The largest numbers of new tuberculosis cases occurred in South-East Asia, followed by Africa and the Western Pacific. In 2019, eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new tuberculosis cases: India, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa.
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