India Tops List of New Tuberculosis Cases in 2016: WHO

India topped the list of seven countries, accounting for 64 percent of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in 2016, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation.

India was followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa, according to a Global TB Report 2017 released by the WHO. An estimated 1.7 million people died from TB in 2016. Also, India along with China and the Russia accounted for almost of half of the 490,000, Multidrug-Resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases registered in 2016.
Important Takeaways from Above News for IBPS PO Mains Exam-
  • TB is a disease which in humans is usually caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis).
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the WHO’s Director General.
  • WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Source- The Indian Express