Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB).
Why is World TB Day celebrated?
World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB around the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with our partners and colleagues around the world share successes in TB prevention and control and raise awareness of the challenges that hinder our progress toward the elimination of this devastating disease.
What is World TB Day 2020 theme ?
The theme of World TB Day 2020 is “It’s TIME”.
TB anywhere is TB everywhere. TB is an airborne disease that is transmitted from person to person. To end TB, we must continue to work together to fight this epidemic on multiple fronts, and stop the suffering associated with this disease, here at home – and around the world.
It’s time we strengthen TB education and awareness among health care providers.
Treatment of latent TB infection is essential to controlling and eliminating TB in the United States. Our public health system and private providers play a crucial role in this effort.
It’s time to end stigma associated with TB disease.
Stigma associated with TB disease may also place certain populations at higher risk. Stigma may keep people from seeking medical care or follow-up care for TB. But anyone can get TB. People with TB can be found in every state; where we work, where we live, where we learn, and where we spend time with family and friends.
CDC.gov (https://www.cdc.gov/tb/worldtbday/) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries.