TB Dictionary

TB Dictionary Project
Foto: Stas Knop / Pexels
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021
Alberto García-Basteiro

Tuberculosis (TB) is a communicable disease that remains one of the top ten causes of death worldwide and the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent. In 2018, 10 million people fell ill with TB which led to 1.2 million deaths among HIV-negative people and an additional 251,000 deaths among HIV positive patients. It is caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is spread when people who are sick with TB expel bacteria into the air; for example, by coughing. It typically affects the lungs (pulmonary TB) but can also affect other sites (extrapulmonary TB). About a quarter of the world’s population is infected with M. tuberculosis and thus at risk of developing TB disease. The number of TB cases occurring each year (and thus the number of TB-related deaths) can also be driven down by reducing the prevalence of health-related risk factors for TB (e.g. smoking, diabetes and HIV infection), providing preventive treatment to people with a latent TB infection, and taking multisectoral action on broader determinants of TB infection and disease (e.g. poverty, housing quality and undernutrition).

The overall objective of this dictionary is to obtain a comprehensive review of terms related to tuberculosis and to create a glossary that unifies the main vocabulary in the fight against the disease. Given the relevance of tuberculosis and the big community working on the disease from different backgrounds and contexts, a dictionary will be helpful for the community, as it is important to employ consensual and appropriate terms and definitions, for professionals and institutions, from both public health and research.

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