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WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT TODAY?

Today is March 24th and it is:

World Tuberculosis Day

 

World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness about tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

March 24th marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis--the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.

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To those born on March 24th,   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 

Peyton Manning, former quarterback/football player

 

Star Jones, attorney and former TV personality

 

Jim Parsons, actor (The Big Bang theory)

 

and to the late....

 

Dorothy Height, civil rights activist

 

Harry Houdini, magician

 

Clyde Barrow, bank robber of the duo Bonnie and Clyde

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It is truly ironic that what with the pandemic now going on around the world, that today would be...
World Tuberculosis Day – March 24, 2020
 
 
World Tuberculosis Day was created by the World Health Organization to spread knowledge and awareness of tuberculosis, an infectious disease that kills millions every year. Tuberculosis is easily curable, but it can lie dormant and undetected for years, so it’s important to spread awareness. The World Health Organization chose March 24 as World Tuberculosis Day to commemorate the day Dr. Robert Koch discovered TB bacillus, the bacterium responsible for the disease.
WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY TIMELINE
March 24, 1982 First World Tuberculosis Day Held

The World Health Organization holds the first World Tuberculosis Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.

1921 First Patient Vaccinated

The BCG vaccine is first used on humans after 13 years in the making.

March 24, 1882 Cause of TB Discovered

Dr. Robert Koch discovers TB bacillus, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.

HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY
  1. Get tested

    Disease prevention always starts with you. Testing for tuberculosis is simple, and is sometimes required for travel or job applications. It’s always a good thing to have on your medical records and not in your lungs.

  2. Spread awareness

    Many people with TB don’t even know they have it. Latent tuberculosis can lie dormant for years without a single symptom. This is why it’s important to spread awareness about how to get tested and treated. With any disease, prevention is the best cure.

  3. Volunteer or donate

    Events are held to spread awareness and raise funds all around the world on World Tuberculosis Day. If you can’t find one, organize one yourself. There are many organizations dedicated to the eradication of TB that are always looking for volunteers and donations.

WHY WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY IS IMPORTANT
  1. Many people still suffer from tuberculosis

    It may seem like an outdated disease, but around one-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. It’s estimated that 2 billion people have tuberculosis. In 2016, 10.4 million people contracted TB, and there were 1.7 million TB related deaths.

  2. It’s closer to home than you’d think

    Although TB is a bigger problem in third world countries, its impact stretches closer to home than you might think. In 2014, there were 9,412 new cases of TB in the United States. In 2016, Tuberculosis was reported in all fifty states, with California, Texas, New York, and Florida topping the list.

  3. We can stop TB

    Due to its outdated misconception, tuberculosis is not seen as a relevant issue. Spreading awareness about the disease can help those at high risk seek treatment. If those who are likely to be affected get vaccinated, the disease could be eradicated, and we could see an end to tuberculosis in our lifetime.

March 24, 1982 First World Tuberculosis Day Held

The World Health Organization holds the first World Tuberculosis Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.

1921 First Patient Vaccinated

The BCG vaccine is first used on humans after 13 years in the making.

March 24, 1882 Cause of TB Discovered

Dr. Robert Koch discovers TB bacillus, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.

HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY
  1. Get tested

    Disease prevention always starts with you. Testing for tuberculosis is simple, and is sometimes required for travel or job applications. It’s always a good thing to have on your medical records and not in your lungs.

  2. Spread awareness

    Many people with TB don’t even know they have it. Latent tuberculosis can lie dormant for years without a single symptom. This is why it’s important to spread awareness about how to get tested and treated. With any disease, prevention is the best cure.

  3. Volunteer or donate

    Events are held to spread awareness and raise funds all around the world on World Tuberculosis Day. If you can’t find one, organize one yourself. There are many organizations dedicated to the eradication of TB that are always looking for volunteers and donations.

WHY WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY IS IMPORTANT
  1. Many people still suffer from tuberculosis

    It may seem like an outdated disease, but around one-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. It’s estimated that 2 billion people have tuberculosis. In 2016, 10.4 million people contracted TB, and there were 1.7 million TB related deaths.

  2. It’s closer to home than you’d think

    Although TB is a bigger problem in third world countries, its impact stretches closer to home than you might think. In 2014, there were 9,412 new cases of TB in the United States. In 2016, Tuberculosis was reported in all fifty states, with California, Texas, New York, and Florida topping the list.

  3. We can stop TB

    Due to its outdated misconception, tuberculosis is not seen as a relevant issue. Spreading awareness about the disease can help those at high risk seek treatment. If those who are likely to be affected get vaccinated, the disease could be eradicated, and we could see an end to tuberculosis in our lifetime.

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