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An international group of top TB experts from several leading institutions has published a primer on tuberculosis (TB) in the journal Nature Reviews Disease Primers. The 23-page primer, part of a series featuring the latest state-of-the-art advances in various health fields, can be freely downloaded at for a 1-month period only.
This Primer comes close on the heels of the newly released World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Report 2016. The report shows that TB continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with an estimated 10.4 million new cases in 2015, and 1.8 million deaths, including 0.4 million among people with HIV. TB is now the leading infectious killer and among the top 10 biggest causes of deaths worldwide, responsible for more deaths than HIV and malaria.
Experts from the following institutions contributed to this Primer: McGill International TB Centre, McGill University; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; University of Cape Town; FIND; Aeras; Indian Council of Medical Research; TB Alliance; and the WHO Global TB Programme.
A one page PrimeView, an illustrated summary of the Primer, can be downloaded at

  • nampewozabetha NAMPEWO ELIZABETH 1 Feb 2017

    I think the primer development is going to make molecular detection of TB cheaper than it is now.