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New estimate suggests a quarter of the world’s population has latent tuberculosis

rein-cropped By Rein Houben, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Pete Dodd, University of Sheffield.   In rich countries, tuberculosis is sometimes thought of as a thing of the past, the disease that claimed Keats, Poe, Chopin. But globally, TB is today the number one infectious killer, causing an estimated 1.8m deaths in 2015. Read more

TB superbugs need special attention – why do we continue to turn a blind eye?

David_MooreBy David Moore, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “It is quite possible that we will see a drug-resistant tuberculosis epidemic of unprecedented global scale.” The view of Dr David W Dowdy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in a Lancet Respiratory Medicine comment piece this week. Alarming words, and we need to listen. Read more