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World TB Day

World TB Day logoDear Colleagues:

World TB Day is observed annually on March 24, to raise public awareness that tuberculosis (TB) remains an epidemic in much of the world. It also commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes TB.

The U.S. theme for World TB Day 2019 is, “It’s Time. End TB.”

Tuberculosis is one of world’s oldest diseases and continues to be the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, nearly 4,500 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill to this preventable and curable disease.

Misdiagnosis of TB still exists and health care professionals often do not "think TB." Our challenges are significant. Yet, as a public health community, we strive to rise to meet the challenges of the increasing demand to prevent TB in Texas but more needs to be done.

It is time to End TB in Texas!

  • It’s time to test and treat for latent TB infection.
  • It’s time to speak up
  • It’s time to end the stigma
  • It’s time to strengthen TB education and awareness among health care providers
  • It’s time to strengthen surveillance activities
  • It’s time to strengthen contact investigation activities
  • It’s time to successfully treat all clients diagnosed with TB disease
  • It’s time to fully evaluate all high priority/high risk contacts
  • It’s time to successfully treat all contacts diagnosed with TB infection

On this day, we remain hopeful in our efforts to eliminate TB as a public health threat in Texas. A big thank you to all local health departments, regional partners and other stakeholders engaged in various activities to raise awareness about TB not only on World TB Day but throughout the year!

In partnership,
Sandra A. Morris, M.P.H.
Tuberculosis and Hansen’s Disease Branch
Texas Department of State Health Services


World TB Day 2019 (PDF : 92 kB)



Sunday, March 24 is #WorldTBday and 2019’s theme is: It’s Time to #EndTB. It’s Time to #EndTB urgently calls on us all to end the devastating yet stoppable tuberculosis. The @CDC on how to end TB:


Tuberculosis (TB) has killed more people than any other infectious disease in history. TB is one of our oldest diseases. TB spreads through the air and per the @CDC, 1/4th of the world’s population is infected. CDC on TB:


Today on #WorldTBDay we raise awareness of the devastating health, social, and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB). Learn how we can work together to #EndTB, one of our oldest and deadliest diseases:

Read stories of Texans who fought and beat TB:

Kenni, a Texas mother of two, “I wanted to tell my story so others can see that TB still happens in this country, and can happen to anyone,” says Kenni. Kenni’s story:


Jerry, turned his life around after he got and beat TB. After Jerry got treatment at the Texas Center for Infectious Disease, he became an electrician there. Jerry says TB saved his life, read his story:

Faith, born in the Philippines and diagnosed with TB there at age 5, moved to Texas to start a new life. In Texas she beat TB, ending her nearly life-long battle with it. Faith’s mother: “If I don’t share this story, who will?” Faith’s story:


Last updated April 5, 2019