these signs must imperatively alert you

According to figures reported by the World Health Organization, some 10.6 million people worldwide developed tuberculosis last year. The medical sphere is worried.

The alarm bell has been sounded. For the first time in more than 20 years, tuberculosis is gaining ground. In total, according to figures reported by the World Health Organization, some 10.6 million people worldwide developed the disease last year, an increase of 4.5% from 2020. A number which continues to worry the medical sphere.

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that solidarity, determination, innovation and fair use of tools will allow us to overcome serious health threats. Let’s apply these lessons to the fight against tuberculosis “, declared Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO while recalling that it was time “to put an end to this long-killing disease”.

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It most often affects the lungs

As a reminder, tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a mycobacterium which is transmitted through the air to both children and adults. It most often affects the lungs but sometimes also affects other organs and can progress to death if it is not treated.

Several evocative signs of the disease should alert, they should not be taken lightly. It can manifest itself in particular by a dragging fever with, very often, night sweats. By a chronic cough with thick sputum which sometimes includes a few threads of blood. But also by shortness of breath, pain in the chest, a state of fatigue, loss of appetite or weight loss.

As the WHO points out on its website, many new cases of tuberculosis are attributable to five risk factors: malnutrition, HIV infection, alcohol consumption disorders, smoking and diabetes.

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