World Tuberculosis Day 2020: 24th March is World Tuberculosis Day

By | March 24, 2020
World Tuberculosis Day 2020

Today is World TB Day

24 March is observed as the World Tuberculosis Day every year to raise awareness about tuberculosis worldwide. TB is an epidemic and is a dangerous infectious disease. The day is celebrated in remembrance of Dr, Robert Koch discovered TB causing bacterium in 1882 that also opened the ways to TB diagnosis and cure.

What is Tuberculosis?

TB or Tuberculosis is caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis which is a bacteria and affects the lungs. It is an infectious disease which spreads through air ie when an infected person coughs, sneezes or splits the germs come into the air. But the good news is that TB is preventable. The patient should take medicines and finish them timely or they may become sick again.

Tuberculosis Symptoms

TB is a lung disease and has the following symptoms:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Fever and chills
  3. Coughing up blood
  4. Fatigue or weakness
  5. Weight loss
  6. No appetite
  7. Sweating at night

 

According to WHO, around 10,000,000 people fell ill with TB and 1,500,000 died in 2018. 484,000 people fell ill with drug-resistant TB in 2018. Therefore, world tuberculosis day is celebrated to raise awareness about TB via educating them on it.

World Tuberculosis Day 2020 Theme

This year the World Tuberculosis Day theme is “It’s TIME” that signifies that it is time to educate and raise awareness about TB among people and treat TB infection. You need to control the TB infection and the time has come to speak up for the disease. World TB day asks everyone to take necessary steps for ending the TB epidemic.

Facts & Quotes: World TB Day

Read some facts on World Tuberculosis Day 2020:

  • World TB Day 2020 theme is “It’s TIME”
  • TB kills HIV/AIDS-positive people
  • The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.– Mother Theresa
  • Countries with more TB cases – India, Pakistan, China, South Africa, Indonesia, Nigeria
  • 2017 was the year with the lowest TB cases according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 100,000 people

WHO Tuberculosis 

Be a responsible citizen of your country and spread awareness about World Tuberculosis Day 2020 everywhere. Thank you!

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