World TB Day – 24th March

24/03/2017

World TB Day – 24th March

World TB Day is an awareness day created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sets out to internationally promote their mission: ‘Unite to End TB.’

It commemorates Dr Robert Koch’s discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis in 1882, the bacteria associated with causing tuberculosis (TB).

TB is still a prevalent disease today, despite being preventable, easily diagnosed and curable. It’s considered one of the world’s most fatal infectious diseases, and is susceptible to anyone irrelevant of age, ethnicity or demographics. Symptoms can include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss and night sweats.

Key Facts

  • Over a third of the global population is infected with TB 
  • 1.8 million deaths were related to TB in 2015
  • It’s the prevalent killer of people who are infected with HIV

Our experts at BBI, have a proven track record, working on several projects, developing tests for the detection and diagnosis of infectious diseases such a TB, HIV and Ebola.

Lateral flow devices are rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests, suitable for use in the home, in rural settings such as remote villages or in clinical environments such as doctor’s surgeries and hospitals. They can be used to test a wide range of matrices including blood, saliva, urine and more.

By raising the awareness of TB we hope that faster detection and treatment can help prevent the spread of TB globally. Working towards eliminating this life-limiting disease, we hope we can enjoy a world where everyone has the opportunity for a better quality of life. 

As part of their ASSURED campaign, the WHO encourage development of assays with better sensitivity, lower limits of detection and faster time to results to help ensure optimum patient care.

If you are developing a test for an infectious disease, contact us for further information on how we can optimise your assay.

References
https://www.cdc.gov/tb/worldtbday/
https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/diagnosis.htm
http://www.tbfacts.org/tb-statistics/

See the CDCs infographic for all the facts

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