One of the world’s leading killer infectious diseases—tuberculosis (TB)— is surging in the United States with cases rising more than 9 percent last year alone.
At present, an estimated 13 million people are living in the United States with latent TB infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TB kills upwards of 12 percent of its victims.
Some of the underlying causes contributing to the recent spike in cases are misdiagnosis as COVID-19 by healthcare professionals and the ongoing migration crisis at the U.S. southern border.
“TB, globally, is one of the most common infections resulting in disability and premature deaths around the world,” infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner told The Epoch Times.
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