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Rappler's latest stories on tuberculosis


Coronavirus lockdown risks 1.4 million extra TB deaths – study

May 06, 2020 - 10:28 AM

New disease models show that social distancing could lead to a disastrous rebound in TB infections – the effects of which are set to persist for years

KILLER DISEASE. The World Health Organization recorded some 1.6 million death due to tuberculosis in 2017. Of these were some 25,000 Filipinos.

South Africa starts coronavirus trial of TB vaccine

May 05, 2020 - 12:32 AM

Trials start in Cape Town, where BCG booster shots are administered to 250 healthcare workers, while another 250 receive a dummy formula, or placebo

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. In this file photo, health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

The other pandemic: World urged to learn TB lessons

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:50 PM

While tuberculosis was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization back in 1993, it remains the world's number one infectious killer

TB drug price slashed in global push to thwart killer disease

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'This lifesaving drug has, until now, been completely unaffordable in developing countries,' says Lelio Marmora, head of Unitaid, a global health initiative that helped broker the landmark deal

SANOFI'S PRICE SLASH. Head of Global Health Business at Sanofi, Thibaud Lefort, speaks during a press conference at the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health launched by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Hyderabad on October 31, 2019. Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP

$14 billion goal in sight for fighting AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Promises for replenishment money are made at meeting in France of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

FUNDS. (From left) Irish rock band U2 singer Bono, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the announcement of the final amount raised for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria on October 10, 2019, in Lyon, central eastern France. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

World's deadliest infectious disease: What you need to know about tuberculosis

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The World Health Organization counts the Philippines among the top 8 countries with the highest number of new TB cases seen as of 2017

KILLER DISEASE. The World Health Organization recorded some 1.6 million death due to tuberculosis in 2017. Of these were some 25,000 Filipinos.

Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045 – experts

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year, says Eric Goosby, the United Nations' special envoy for the disease

Deadly drug-resistant tuberculosis a 'blinking red' global threat

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:45 AM

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is on a mission to eradicate the 3 epidemics

FIGHTING TUBERCULOSIS. This photograph taken on February 6, 2019, shows Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, during an interview with AFP in New Delhi. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Battles begin to turn in long war on tuberculosis

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Despite possessing the knowhow to treat tuberculosis and even how much it would cost to eradicate, global efforts to rid humankind of one of its oldest illnesses lag behind other public health drives

Surviving tuberculosis

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Survivors share their own personal stories as they hope to change the constricting and discriminatory narrative tuberculosis is embedded in

Philippines joins countries in committing to end global TB epidemic by 2030

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III hopes to treat at least 2.5 million Filipinos with tuberculosis by 2020, but advocates say that the country's response to the disease is still lacking

END TB. Of 1.7 million recorded Tuberculosis deaths in 2017, 25,000 are Filipinos. Photo from Shutterstock

Researchers see encouraging results in development of TB vaccine

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:27 PM

While the results of the M72/AS01 vaccine represent a 'landmark moment,' there is still much work to be done, such as testing in a larger number of people

Experts: U.N. helped reverse AIDS epidemic. It now must do the same for TB.

Sep 26, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Health experts call for specific action steps to combat tuberculosis

U.N.’s high-level meeting on TB: Why the Philippines should care

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. The Philippines is among 8 countries where two-thirds of 2017 TB cases were found, data showed.

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – study

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Overall only a fifth of 37 health related targets set under the UN s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs adopted in 2015 are likely to be met

EO to make DOH sole distributor of anti-TB medicines

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the executive order would be a response to a 2016 national survey which showed around one million Filipinos have tuberculosis

FIGHT VS TB. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial (center) presents the results of the 2016 National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WHO approves new, faster treatment for drug-resistant TB

May 13, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The new regimen which WHO will now encourage all its member states to adopt lasts up to 9 months easing the burden on patients and possibly curing more than 80 of cases

NEW TREATMENT. Patients sit on their beds in the Multi-drug-resistant ward of the government-run Tuberculosis (TB) hospital, on the eve of World Tuberculosis Day in Amritsar, India,  March 23, 2013. File photo by Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Refugees escape war, but face new threat in Europe – germs

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Health experts warn refugees are at risk of illnesses such as measles tuberculosis cholera and typhoid fever

epa05252765 A refugee woman washes her clothes, at a makeshift camp where refugees and migrants find temporary shelter, at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 10 April 2016. The use of violence against refugees is dangerous and reprehensible, Refugee Crisis Body spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis says. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The wRap Indonesia: Haze death toll doubles, Indonesia rises in ease of doing business rankings

Oct 29, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include desperate residents fighting forest fires themselves and the Washington Post mistaking the Indonesian defense minister for President Joko Widodo

HAZE VICTIM. Kristian in Palangkaraya is one of many people suffering from the haze. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Indonesia among the top countries with highest TB cases

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:56 PM

World Health Organization says tuberculosis deaths unacceptably high

UNACCEPTABLY HIGH. The number of tuberculosis deaths is unacceptably high, according to WHO. File photo by EPA

Ilocos intensifies search of TB cases through caravan

Jun 18, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Tuberculosis is the 6th leading cause of death in the Philippines ranking 9th of 22 high TB burden countries worldwide

TB-FREE. Carmelita Estrella, 52, had multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in 2012 and has since undergone treatment. She is now TB-free. Photo from Philippine Business for Social Progress

Soon, vaccines in every rural clinic

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:57 AM

The health department will purchase at least 3 000 WHO prequalified vaccine refrigerators that will be distributed among rural health units

Tuberculosis: Still one of the deadliest treatable diseases in PH

Mar 24, 2015 - 2:34 PM

The battle against TB in the Philippines can be won – the way it has been in high income countries: with integrated efforts and commitment

P8-B loss yearly: 'Tuberculosis a daily massacre' – Recto

Mar 23, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Senator Ralph Recto calls on the national government to plow back a portion of its budget to fight TB our country’s number 8 top killer

TUBERCULOSIS. Tuberculosis samples are put under the microscope in a laboratory in South Africa. Rodger Bosch/AFP

Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:09 AM

Myiasis is not lethal for humans but its appearance says a lot about worsening living conditions in war ravaged Syria

#AfterYolanda: 12,000 die of diseases in E. Visayas

Nov 12, 2014 - 4:19 PM

It s double the number of those who died during the storm Causes are hypertensive vascular disease pneumonia trauma and accidents cancer of all forms and tuberculosis

File photo by P.K. Lee/MSF

TB-diabetes co-epidemic looms, experts warn

Oct 29, 2014 - 8:31 PM

A growing link has been observed between diabetes – a disease of diet lifestyle and genes – and TB a respiratory disease spread by bacteria

Novartis licenses drugs to non-profit TB group

Aug 20, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Global Alliance for TB Drug Development will take financial and operational responsibility for continued research development approval and distribution of compounds in the portfolio

A file photo dated 02 December 1999 of the Novartis headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. EPA

Wrestling with hunger and tuberculosis

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:53 AM

If children are malnourished they have weaker immune systems hence they are more vulnerable not just to TB but other diseases too

LITTLE QUEEN. It is important to note that young children like Quenie are less likely to contract and spread TB among fellow children. Children usually get TB due to their regular exposure to adults with active TB. All photos from Fritzie Rodriguez/

New drug regimen speeds TB treatment

Jul 21, 2014 - 2:51 PM

An experimental cocktail of three drugs can dramatically shorten the time it takes to treat patients infected with TB strains that are hard to cure with conventional antibiotics

WHO urges nations: Wipe out tuberculosis by 2050

Jul 03, 2014 - 7:51 PM

Warning to 33 countries including the richest ones: TB claimed 1 3 million lives worldwide in 2013 making it the deadliest disease after AIDS to be caused by a single infectious agent

Multidrug-resistant TB on the rise in northern Mindanao

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:15 AM

The government is trying to contain the spread of the disease with the use of new technology But the old stigma against the infected remains an obstacle

ON THE RISE. Tuberculosis samples are put under the microscope in a laboratory in South Africa. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH

A million children a year develop TB, study shows

Mar 24, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Many cases of tuberculosis and multi drug resistant tuberculosis disease are not being detected in children the study says

Tuberculosis killed 1.3 million last year: WHO

Oct 24, 2013 - 12:00 AM

The toll remains the world s second highest for an infectious disease after HIV AIDS

TB followed humans out of Africa

Sep 02, 2013 - 10:08 AM

The TB bacteria followed early humans out of Africa at least 70 000 years ago scientists said

TESTING FOR TB. An Afghan doctor checks blood samples of Tuberculosis (TB) patients at a laboratory in a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, 04 June 2012. EPA/S. Sabawoon

#TalkThursday: Rise of multi-drug resistant TB

Aug 15, 2013 - 2:56 PM

Rappler talks to experts about the fight to eradicate the contagious disease tuberculosis

Experts warn of untreatable tuberculosis risk

Mar 24, 2013 - 9:25 AM

Disease experts called for decisive leadership and more research funding to fend off the very real risk of an untreatable strain of tuberculosis TB emerging

Blood samples are seen in the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at Brewelskloof Hospital, on January 27, 2011, in Worcester, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH

Third world is swamped with fake TB drugs: study

Feb 05, 2013 - 1:13 PM

Africa India and other developing countries are awash in fake or sub standard drugs for tuberculosis fueling the rise of treatment resistant strains of TB according to a survey published on Tuesday

Blood samples are seen in the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at Brewelskloof Hospital, on January 27, 2011, in Worcester, South Africa. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH

Drug-resistant TB in PH, 7 other countries

Aug 30, 2012 - 8:21 AM

Drug resistant tuberculosis is getting more difficult to treat according to a study that included the Philippines

Researchers unveil promising TB drug cocktail

Jul 24, 2012 - 10:59 AM

Researchers reported progress with an experimental drug cocktail that killed a record 99 percent of TB bacteria in two weeks and costs a fraction of existing treatments

Filipinos contribute to TB cases in US - report

Mar 25, 2012 - 3:15 PM

The Philippines has been the second top country of origin of tuberculosis cases in the US since 1993 next only to Mexico

More than half of TB cases are kids

Mar 21, 2012 - 6:29 PM

Of 26 000 TB cases screened in 2010 more than half or 14 527 were kids