Challenges and solutions to the worldwide tuberculosis epidemic A B S t r A C t

Ben Landon
Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease responsible for a current worldwide epidemic which results in 1.5 million deaths per year. citizens of developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia, are at a higher risk of infection and death. in some developing countries, as much as 80% of the population tests positive for latent tuberculosis infection, in comparison to approximately 5% for developed countries such as the United states. studies of the current vaccine bacillus
more » ... in show that elicits a decreased immune response in patients from some areas of the world. in treating tuberculosis, the world health organization has developed doTs, directly observed Treatment, short course, a program which has evolved from a simple treatment regiment to a complete guideline on political involvement, logistics and medical operations and has been met with astounding success rates. new diagnostic techniques and vaccines currently in research bring promise to combatting and ending the tuberculosis epidemic.