Tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy

South Pacific Situation Summary

Although the burden of TB in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) is relatively small, in some of the PICTs, e.g. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Solomon Islands, the case-notification rate is even higher than the average notification rate of 75 per 100 000 population in the Western Pacific Region. In addition, TB control in the PICTs faces great challenges, mainly due to the differences of social and economical situation in the twenty one countries, which are scattered across the ocean.

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