Tuberculosis is the biggest global killer from an infectious disease after COVID-19. There are approximately 10.6 million new global cases of tuberculosis per year and around 1.6 million people die from the disease. In most sub-Saharan African countries only about half of the patients with active tuberculosis are diagnosed.
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APOPO researches TB detection rats as a “failsafe” - examining clinic-tested human sputum samples delivered from partner clinics in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Any rat-suspect samples are rechecked using internationally recognized methods and if TB is confirmed, APOPO notifies the clinic. Our research indicates that APOPO is improving clinic detection rates by 40%.
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