Tuberculosis: Facts and research
For most Canadians, the risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) is low. Still in 2012, there were 1,686 diagnosed TB cases across Canada.
If not treated, each person with active TB infects, on average, 10 to 15 others.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease. Its bacteria can get into the air when someone with an active case coughs, sneezes, sings, or to a lesser extent, talks. Should you breathe these TB germs your immune system may weaken – and you could cause others to get ill.1 Rates for this disease are significantly lower in Canada than in other parts of the world. But, in 2013, more than 1,600 cases were diagnosed in this country.
Thankfully, TB is both preventable and treatable.
The profiles below highlight some of the most promising CIHR-funded research on tuberculosis.
Did you know?
- Tuberculosis is one of four priority areas under CIHR’s Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples
- Video: DNA test slashes wait times for tuberculosis diagnosis in Iqaluit: Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez, Tuberculosis researcher at The Ottawa Hospital and uOttawa
- Video: A TB Survivor Tells Her Story: a six-part video series produced by Health Canada
- Tuberculosis information from Healthy Canadians
- Gear up to end TB: an infographic from the World Health Organization
- 10 facts about TB from the World Health Organization
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