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Rev Prat. 2012 Apr;62(4):473-8.

[Epidemiology of tuberculosis].

[Article in French]

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  • 1D├ępartement des maladies infectieuses, Institut de veille sanitaire, 94415 Saint-Maurice Cedex. d.che@invs.sante.fr


Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of infectious disease worldwide, with an estimate of more than 8 million new cases each year. Tuberculosis notification rates have been decreasing since 2002, but some countries, in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, are still particularly affected. HIV co-infection and the emergence of resistant strains warrant further efforts to improve tuberculosis control worldwide. France is considered as a low incidence country but important disparities between populations and territories exist. Thus, the elderly, those living in large cities or in socio-economic deprived condition and persons born in high-endemic countries are mostly affected. The national tuberculosis program was launched in 2007, aiming at reducing these disparities.

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