World Tuberculosis Day – a day to raise awareness of tuberculosis (TB) and this deadly, but preventable and curable disease.
World Tuberculosis Day
This health awareness holiday occurs each year on March 24. World Tuberculosis Day is a day to help raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the epidemic it has on the world. It causes nearly one-and-a-half million deaths per year. Mostly found in developing countries. The day commemorates from 1882 when Dr. Kobert Koch announced he discovered the cause of the TB bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
TB is preventable and curable, but many people even in the United States still suffer from this disease.
The U.S. theme for World TB Day 2020 is “It’s Time!”
The U.S. theme for World TB Day 2018 was “Wanted: Leaders for a TB Free United States. We can make history. End TB.”
See the 2018 Poster Below:
1907 – Clemens von Pirquet developed the tuberculin skin test for TB infection.
1944 -Leaders for
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases:
- One-fourth of the world’s population is infected with TB.
- In 2017, 10.0 million people around the world became sick with TB disease. There were 1.3 million TB-related deaths worldwide.
- TB is a leading killer of people who are HIV infected.
First published March 21, 2019. Last updated or republished March 20, 2020.