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Vancouver researchers discover missing link between TB bacteria and humans
Date:5/14/2008

th the pharmaceutical industry to come up with a therapy that can be used to block this particular mechanism, which will be an important tool in weakening TB.

TB is called the ultimate killer. It is the leading cause of death among infectious diseases in the world today and is responsible for one in four adult preventable deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Ten million new cases of TB arise every year, killing close to two million people worldwide annually. Every 20 seconds TB kills someone and approximately 4,400 people die every day. The WHO estimates that one-third of the worlds population is infected. The current treatment regime involves taking multiple medications over an extended period of time.


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Contact: Catherine Loiacono
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