A new study has revealed that around 1.8 million people aged between ten and 24 years of age contract tuberculosis (TB) every year across the globe.
The figure emerged from research by the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and was published in the European Respiratory Journal.
“A groundbreaking study has shown how extensive tuberculosis infection rates are in young people around the world.“
It found that the group most at risk was those aged between 20 and 24, with this study being the first to establish the scale of the problem among young people.
Research leader Kathryn Snow stated: "We know from previous studies that TB risk gets higher during adolescence and that young people have unique needs during treatment for TB, but until now, there have been no estimates of the total number of adolescents who develop TB."
The study was based on World Health Organization statistics of TB infections in Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Romania and Estonia.
A century ago, TB was incurable and fatal, although it can now be treated if the patient is given antibiotics at an early enough stage.
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