posted on Mar, 24 2012 @ 10:39 AM
Children with TB face "severe, often fatal forms of TB, such as TB-meningitis, which can leave them blind, deaf, paralyzed or mentally disabled”.
About 200 children die from tuberculosis EVERY DAY - and every year at least 500,000 babies and children become infected with TB worldwide. Plus, even
kids can get multi-drug-resistant TB, which has been spreading around the world for almost a decade.
Problem is, kids are extremely under-diagnosed - the standard test is 130 years old and doesn't work on kids. At the very least, we need to start
using tests appropriate to children.
Globally, an estimated 200 children die from tuberculosis every
day despite the availability of cheap drugs to prevent and treat this highly infectious condition, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has
...Every year at least 500,000 babies and children become infected with TB worldwide, and according to WHO an estimated 70,000 die of it. The
organization noted that most developing countries still use a diagnosis method developed 130 years ago – the patient coughs up a sample of sputum,
which young children are generally unable to produce – and even if a child with active TB succeeds in providing a sample, it often contains no
Infants and young children are as much at risk of developing drug-resistant TB as adults, and are at particularly risk of developing “severe, often
fatal forms of TB, such as TB-meningitis, which can leave them blind, deaf, paralyzed or mentally disabled”.
edit on 24/3/12 by soficrow because: (no reason given)