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These are just three victims of a TB epidemic that will afflict 1 million children this year.Yet 90 percent of the children who die from TB have been deprived of treatment, and a quarter of a million children will die from the disease this year alone.Worldwide, TB kills more people than any other communicable disease.Tackling TB in children is not the same as confronting it in adults.To be sure, individual health workers are not knowingly leaving children with TB to suffer and die.Fortunately, practical lifesaving measures to address the TB epidemic in children already exist. For example, we know that about half of all children living with a TB-infected adult will also contract the disease. Moreover, health workers and public health officials could catch far more cases of TB in children simply by paying closer attention to their symptoms. For the first time in history, the world's heads of state will gather to explore ways to end TB.
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