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In the 25 years since tuberculosis was declared a global-health emergency, policymakers and health care professionals have devoted considerable time discussing ways to eliminate it.TB is the world's deadliest infection, and it has been with us for a very long time.Today, TB is among the world's leading causes of death, killing approximately 1.6 million people in 2017, which was only slightly fewer than the year before. But the effectiveness of TB treatments is declining, raising concerns that drug-resistant strains are becoming more virulent.The high-level meeting in September was meant to galvanize the world's TB-eradication efforts.In the best-case scenario, that agreement will supplement the so-called product development partnerships that have already helped tackle many neglected diseases, including TB.Last year, an estimated 3.6 million people infected with TB were unable to access treatment, a staggering gap in coverage that must be quickly closed.
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