World TB Day March 24th 2016

World TB Day March 24th 2016

March 24, 2016 is World Tuberculosis Day, a day which commemorates Dr. Robert Koch’s 1882 discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. Dr. Koch’s pioneering work led to new methods of diagnosis and treatment for the disease, eventually saving millions of lives.

However, tuberculosis remains a serious threat, killing 1.5 million people world-wide each year. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a message for World TB Day, calling on the world to unite to defeat the TB epidemic. Here is a link to his message: http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sgsm17626.doc.htm

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