CNN Interactive (06/09/99)
The World Health Organization's executive director for
communicable diseases, David Heymann, warned on Wednesday that
the tuberculosis epidemic in Russia could spread to other
nations. Current statistics place tuberculosis rates in
Russia at two to four times those in Central Europe. Almost
25,000 people in Russia died of tuberculosis last year.
Statistics show that 76 of every 100,000 residents were
diagnosed with TB last year, up from 73.9 per every 100,000 in
1997. Experts note that Russia's prison population,
especially pre-trial units, are nests for the bacteria. The
country's small but growing population of HIV-positive people
are at particular risk for contracting TB as well.