World TB Day has been observed each year since 1982 to commemorate when Dr. Robert Koch first discovered the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria on March 24, 1882.
Although tuberculosis doesn't get as much attention as some other infections, it is important that we continue to raise awareness about TB, especially because:
- even as rates of TB decline, there were still more than 10,000 cases in the United States in 2011
- there were 529 deaths from TB in the United States 2009
- multidrug-resistant TB and extensively drug resistant TB can make treatment in some cases difficult
- worldwide, there were about 8.7 million new cases of TB and 1.4 million deaths from TB, including 64,000 deaths in children
On World TB Day, the CDC, WHO, and the global Stop TB Partnership is encouraging people all over the world to "Stop TB in my lifetime."
According to the CDC, "In their lifetimes, today's children should expect to see a world where no one gets sick with TB. And, in their lifetimes, women and men should expect to see a world where no one dies from TB."
On World TB Day, learn what you can do to help stop tuberculosis.