Table 2

Estimated global burden of tuberculosis (World Health Organisation, 1998)

WHO region Total population No infected Annual incidence2-150 Annual deaths
South East Asia1 458 000 000704 000 0002 800 0001 095 000
Western Pacific1 630 000 000610 000 0001 583 000591 000
Africa611 000 000293 000 0001 650 000770 000
Americas788 000 000237 000 000448 000160 000
Europe859 000 000205 000 000342 000118 000
Eastern Mediterranean473 000 000161 000 000427 000173 000
Total5 819 000 0002 210 000 0007 250 0002 907 000
  • 2-150 Estimated number of new cases developing during the course of a year. Being a chronic disease, the total number of cases at a given time is much higher, around 16 million.