An introduction to tuberculosis

Mellor, Yee, and Herron, David (2020) An introduction to tuberculosis. Australian Pharmacist, 39 (2). pp. 52-59.

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Abstract

Tuesday 24 March is the World Health Organization’s World Tuberculosis Day. The goal is to end the global epidemic by 2035. Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide; one third of the world population is believed to be affected. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the most common causative organism. Mycobacterium africanum and Mycobacterium canetti cause rare cases of TB in Africa. DNA analysis indicates that the M. tuberculosis complex emerged approximately 70,000 years ago and accompanied migration out of Africa, expanding as a result of increasing population density in the Neolithic period. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, TB killed 1 in 5 adults in North America and Europe. In the developing world today, it is a cause of both high morbidity and mortality. In the World Health Organization’s 2018 Global Tuberculosis Report, it was identified as ‘the leading cause [of death] from a single infectious agent.’

Item ID: 62978
Item Type: Article (Other)
ISSN: 0728-4632
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 21:06
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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