Cuba has a tuberculosis rate of seven cases per 100,000 inhabitants

10:31, March 18, 2011      

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Cuba has an incidence rate of seven tuberculosis (TB) cases per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the lowest in the world, according to figures released by the Public Health Ministry on Thursday, the World Tuberculosis Day.

"This achievement is the result of the systematic monitoring and treatment programs developed by the health authorities after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959," Antonio Marrero Figueroa, a member of the National Ministry of Public Health Respiratory Diseases, said.

He noted that in Cuba there are about 780 cases of tuberculosis per year, a situation closely linked to smoking and aging.

Cuba applies freely since 1971 the strategy recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the control of the tuberculosis, known as Directly Observed Treatment (DOTS).

Among the infectious diseases, TB remains as the second leading cause of death in adults worldwide, with more than 2 million deaths each year.

"The nations less affected on the planet today are the United States, Canada, Cuba, Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica," Marrero Figueroa said.

The specialist pointed out that currently there is not any effective vaccine to prevent the disease.

He added that the BCG vaccine applied to the Cuban newborns protects the children for two years from the severe forms of the disease, but does not produce lifelong immunity.

Source: Xinhua
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