The Global Burden of Tuberculosis

global burdgen of Tuberculosis infographic


Tuberculosis is currently the 7th leading cause of death in the world causing on average about 1.8 million deaths every year, that’s 4,930 deaths every day!

In 2008 there were 9.4 million cases reported, with the highest numbers coming from Africa, South East Asia and the Western Pacific.

The spread of TB is caused by infection of the bacteria, Myobacterium tuberculosis and is spread by droplets released from infected humans when coughing or sneezing. It is no wonder that third world countries are affected worse than others as the main cures are vaccinations and antibiotics. If a person is left untreated they can, in turn infect 15 people every year with the disease!

84% of funding for the cure of TB comes from government organisations, and almost half of this comes from the Russian government. It is an epidemic we can end with the right amount of money and support but for now, about 120 more people have just been infected!

James Carson graduated from the University of York with a degree in English and History and have a keen interested in both World Wars and popular science - particularly space.