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India accounts for highest TB, MDR-TB cases: WHO

India accounts for the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) and Multi Drug Resistant-TB cases in the world, according to a World Health Organization report.

The country accounts for 27 per cent of the cases and though it ranks 14 and 15 among the 22
high-burden countries globally but due to its large population the percentage translates into a large number of cases, Health

Minister JP Nadda informed the Lok Sabha on Friday while quoting from the WHO Global TB Report, 2014.

As per the data gathered by the government, the total number of TB cases was 14,16,014 in 2013 while the number of MDR-TB cases was 23,157. Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra reported highest number of cases.

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