Tuesday 30 June 2009

Tuberculosis gets some attention

The European Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Europe meet in Luxembourg today and tomorrow to discuss how to prevent and control tuberculosis.

Good so, as pointed out in an earlier post on the blog, its more urgent to deal with tuberculosis then swine flu and other media hyped diseases. In 2007 there was 85 000 reported cases in the 27 EU and EFTA/EEA countries. DG Sanco has calculated that this represents nearly 55 tuberculosis cases reported every hour and an increase of 55 000 cases in comparison with 2006! And that was 2 years ago. Compare that with the Swine Flu numbers for 2009 – according to the ECDC just over 6000 cases in the EU. And then we have not started on the severness of the 2 different diseases...

At the meeting they will give out an European award to a Non Governmental Organisation to highlight the important work carried out to fight tuberculosis. I think Hans Rosling and his Gapminder should be given the award.

More info from the meeting will be published here

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