Tuberculosis still a threat in Turkey

According to a statement made by the undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry of Health, tuberculosis continues to pose a threat to Turkish society.
Nihat Tosun made the statement at the 65th anniversary of Turkey's annual TB Education and Awareness Week. He said that the awareness campaign attracts attention to TB to increase public awareness about the disease. He said that tuberculosis has a long history and remains a major public health concern in Turkey and throughout the world, Today's Zaman reports.
In 2010, there were 16,551 people who were undergoing treatment in TB control dispensaries in Turkey. Between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 181,191 people were screened in provinces around the country and TB was found in 33 people in total.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately one-third of the world's population have been infected with the disease and nine million are infected with TB each year. Although TB is a curable disease, death as a result of contraction is still common in Turkey and throughout the world. In 2010, approximately 1.5 million people died from the disease.
The symptoms of TB are night sweats, high fever, weight loss and exhaustion, though the most common symptoms are coughing up blood and mucus. Those who have a cough for more than three weeks should make an appointment with a doctor to check for TB.