WHO Press Conference
21 February 2018 14:30 - 15:15WHO Press Conference on the launch of new consolidated guidelines on TB preventive treatment
Up to one-third of the world's population (2.5 billion people) has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria. WHO estimates that, overall, without treatment, about 5 to 10% of infected persons will develop TB disease. For persons whose immune systems are weak or under-developed, especially those with HIV infection and child TB contacts (under five years), the risk of developing TB disease is considerably higher than for persons with normal immune systems.
WHO will be holding a briefing to release new consolidated guidelines on the programmatic management of latent TB Infections (LTBI) on 21 February at 2:30 p.m. CET.
The guidelines transform the current landscape of TB prevention by recommending new expanded tests and treatment regimens as well as highlighting risk groups that should be prioritized for testing and treatment of LTBI. Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director, Global TB Programme, WHODr Haileyesus Getahun, Coordinator, TB/HIV and Community Engagement, Global TB Programme, WHO