On World TB Day, CDC and partners #UniteToEndTB
Join CDC and partners as we unite to eliminate TB & slow the spread of drug-resistant TB.
Today, on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, we’re reminded that TB is the world’s leading infectious disease killer. In addition to infecting two billion people worldwide, TB can also become drug-resistant, which means the drugs we rely on to treat the disease are no longer effective. Patients with drug-resistant TB are left with limited and often expensive treatment options.
While rates of drug-resistant TB remain low in the U.S, it is estimated that more than half a million cases occur globally each year and lead to approximately 200,000 deaths.
Drug-resistant TB is more difficult to cure and costly to patients, the economy, and the health system. And since TB is airborne and contagious, the spread of drug-resistant TB could “reawaken” TB in parts of the world where TB is currently less common, including the United States.
CDC is working to find, cure, and prevent TB in the United States and worldwide through the AR Solutions Initiative and global partnerships, leadership in research and technical expertise, and on-the-ground interventions in more than 25 countries.
3 Ways CDC is Combating Drug-Resistant TBThrough the AR Solutions Initiative, CDC is working to reduce rates of MDR-TB by 15%.
|Developing new strategies to find and cure MDR-TB.|
| Establishing best practices for treatment of MDR-TB.|
|Strengthening surveillance to identify and target hot spots.|
Learn more about how CDC is combating drug-resistant TB at
- Tell others: Remind your community that TB is still a global threat and that drug-resistant TB is on the rise. Use the hashtag #UniteToEndTB and #AntibioticResistance.
- Use CDC’s resources: You can find domestic TB resources and international TB resources on CDC’s website.
- Share how you’re observing World TB Day: Tell CDC and others your community’s World TB Day activities.