Tuberculosis Deaths in Europe in News

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges in Europe and North America. In the European region alone, TB causes 49 new cases and kills 7 people every hour.

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a major public health issue in the WHO European Region. According to the latest estimates, about 340 000 new TB cases and 33 000 deaths were reported in the Region in 2014, mostly from Eastern and Central European countries.

The number of people developing and dying from tuberculosis (TB) is falling in Europe, but among the most vulnerable – including migrants, prisoners and people who are HIV positive – there have been worrying increases.

Figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Europe regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) showed new TB cases and deaths in the 53 countries of the WHO’s European region fell each year by 4.3 and 8.5 percent respectively between 2011 and 2015.

Global figures released last year by the WHO showed that in 2015, some 1.8 million people died from TB. Of them, 400,000 were co-infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.

People with HIV are more vulnerable to TB because their immune systems are weakened. Experts estimate the risk of developing TB is between 26 and 31 times greater in HIV patients than in HIV negative people.