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4100 people a day die from TB, surpassing HIV/AIDS as the leading infectious disease killer in the world

In 2014, 9.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million died from the disease.  

Of the 1.5 million deaths nearly 50% of the deaths are patients who are difficult to diagnose or treat

Drug- Resistant TB accounts for 500,000 cases and nearly 200,000 deaths.  TB occurs in every part of the world.  About 80% of reported TB cases occurred in 22 countries.  The six countries that have the largest number of incident cases in 2014 account for 50% of the cases (India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China and South Africa).

People who are HIV+ are three times more likely to die from TB than those who do not have HIV.  It is important to note that HIV-related TB deaths are down by 32% in the last decade, principally due to the expansion of access to anti-retroviral treatment and better systematic testing of HIV patients for TB.