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ear in India. Many women, in fear of being termed social outcasts, are not coming forward to discuss their illness.

Currently around 14 million people are suffering from the disease, of which 60,000 are estimated to be in the national capital alone. While India loses around 500,000 lives every year, three million people succumb to it around the world.

Every year, 1.8 million new cases occur in the country of which 0.8 million are infectious. Unless treated properly, each infectious pulmonary TB patient can infect 10 to 15 persons a year.

TB patients not properly treated can develop drug resistance and potentially incurable forms of the disease, authorities said.

"Since no new drugs have been discovered since 1968, the germs can develop drug resistance and can transmit the resistant germs to the community," Chauhan confessed.

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