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Annually about 400 children become infected with tuberculosis in Kyrgyzstan

Annually about 400 children become infected with tuberculosis in Kyrgyzstan

5 570 newly diagnosed tuberculosis patients were registered in Kyrgyzstan in 2017, director of the National Center for Phthisiology Abdullat Kadyrov told.

He said that while the incidence of tuberculosis in the country remains stable with a downward trend.

"To date, the epidemiological situation of tuberculosis in Kyrgyzstan is somewhat tense, because the main morbidity and mortality rates for this disease remain at a high level. According to data for 2017, 5 570 newly diagnosed patients were registered in the country, while 5 680 in 2016. But it is worth noting that during the past 10 years, both indicators have been steadily declining in the country," he said.

According to Kadyrov, the highest incidence rates of tuberculosis in Kyrgyzstan were in 2001 - 168 cases per 100 thousand of the population. As a result of the activities carried out within the framework of the National TB Program, by 2017 they have been reduced to 90 cases per 100 thousand people, or 44%.

"Annually there are about 400 children among new-born patients. The incidence rate among adolescents last year was 76.6 cases per 100 thousand of the population, in 2016 - 78.4 per 100 thousand of the population," the director of the Center for Phthisiology said.

He noted that the death rates from tuberculosis in the republic in recent years also tend to gradually decrease. So, in 2017 the death rate was 5 cases per 100 thousand of the population against 5.6 in the year before last. The highest death rate was also registered in 2001 - 27 cases per 100 thousand of the population.

Reference: According to the World Health Organization, in 2016 there were 10.4 million tuberculosis patients worldwide, and 1.7 million died of this disease. Given these figures, tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death in the world.

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