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Available Expert - Recent Canadian and international reports reveal some startling numbers around World TB Day

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Queen’s University infectious disease expert Wendy Wobeser is available to comment on World TB Day. Observed on March 24, the goal of the day is to build public awareness around tuberculosis and help eliminate the disease.

Recent reports released by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, and Public Health England have revealed that TB in Canada has remained static whereas incidents of TB in the United States have decreased by 36 per cent and by 37 per cent in the United Kingdom. Also of concern are the numbers of Indigenous people in Canada diagnosed with TB over the past 20 years.

A leading researcher on tuberculosis , Dr. Wobeser says, “In Canada, the incidence of TB among Canadian Born, non-aboriginal people has decreased significantly over the past two decades, but the incidence has not decreased at the same rate  among First Nations, and has actually increased substantially (almost doubled) among the Inuit. The incidence of TB among Canada’s indigenous peoples is higher than the reported estimates in many low and middle income countries.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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