Tuberculosis today

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Science  01 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6354, pp. 879
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao2348

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In 2015, tuberculosis (TB) claimed about 1.8 million lives. An estimated 10.4 mil­lion new cases were diagnosed in that year, 1.2 million of which were in people coinfected with HIV. At least half a mil­lion cases showed varying levels of drug resistance, making treatment a greater ordeal for patients and vastly increasing the costs. The fact that not everyone is aware of these daunting figures underwrites former TB scientist turned science writer Kathryn Lougheed's first book, Catching Breath. Lougheed sets out the statistics calmly but returns to their enormity as she delivers on her aim to raise the profile of this prolific killer.