New tools to combat tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the leading infectious causes of illness and death world-wide, and was declared a Global Emergency by the World Health Organization in 1994. TB alone is responsible for 2 million deaths per year. Most of the TB burden occurs in the low income countries, particularly in those in South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where TB is often associated with HIV. Also in the countries of the former Soviet Union there is an alarming increase in the incidence of TB with emerging multi-drug-resistant disease.
Gunilla Källenius research group has for 20 years been working on, amongst other things, a easy, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis. Current research projects are: