Containing a Global Threat: The Virulence of Tuberculosis in Developed and Developing Countries

Lauren Skye Crawford, Scott Nicholas Romaniuk


Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB or tubercle bacillus) is increasing in global prevalence, and greatly threatens the
populations of developed and developing countries. Although TB is often associated with developing countries,
this communicable condition is currently on the rise in the United States, and elsewhere in the developed world.
The proliferation of TB is a result of inadequacies or the non-existence of appropriate and decisively responsive
intervention strategies and programs. Moreover, failure to employ adequate procedural response to diseases is
heightened by insufficient knowledge of those afflicting communities globally. Practitioners are further
challenged in the prevention of TB as a result of reported cases in developing countries being largely incomplete.
Whereas one-third of the world's population, or two billion people are currently infected with the tubercle
bacillus aerobic bacterium, it is expected that the number of TB-related deaths will rise from three million per
year to five million by 2050 (World Health Organization, [hereafter, WHO], 2010).

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