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World Tuberculosis Day Observed

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2007-3-25 This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

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by jill moss
2007-3-25

this is the voa special english development report.

patients suffering from tuberculosis in hyderabad, india

world tuberculosis day was march twenty-fourth. it was also the one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of the discovery of the bacterium that causes the lung disease.

tuberculosis is one of the world's leading infectious diseases. the world health organization says about two billion people around the world are infected with the bacterium that causes the disease. about one-point-six million people died from the lung disease in two thousand five.

tb infection can remain inactive in a person's lungs for years, or even a lifetime. the disease, however, becomes active in about ten percent of all cases. tb causes a high body temperature and coughing. infected people spread the disease by releasing particles from their mouths when they cough, sneeze, spit or talk.

most tb cases are in south and east asia, africa and west pacific nations. the world health organization says about sixty percent of all cases are discovered and a majority of them are cured.

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