Containing a Global Threat: The Virulence of Tuberculosis in Developed and Developing Countries

Lauren Skye Crawford, Scott Nicholas Romaniuk
2011 Global Journal of Health Science  
Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB or tubercle bacillus) is increasing in global prevalence, and greatly threatens the populations of developed and developing countries. Although TB is often associated with developing countries, this communicable condition is currently on the rise in the United States, and elsewhere in the developed world. The proliferation of TB is a result of inadequacies or the non-existence of appropriate and decisively responsive intervention strategies and programs. Moreover,
more » ... ure to employ adequate procedural response to diseases is heightened by insufficient knowledge of those afflicting communities globally. Practitioners are further challenged in the prevention of TB as a result of reported cases in developing countries being largely incomplete. Whereas one-third of the world's population, or two billion people are currently infected with the tubercle bacillus aerobic bacterium, it is expected that the number of TB-related deaths will rise from three million per year to five million by 2050 (World Health Organization, [hereafter, WHO], 2010).
doi:10.5539/gjhs.v3n177 fatcat:iz7jo66vtnbbnbgwrmczbbq3um