TB silent, even deadlier

Tuberculosis deadlier than Ebola, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

While the world watches in morbid fascination as Ebola burns through west Africa, there’s another, more patient killer that will claim far more victims. Unlike Ebola, tuberculosis takes its victims slowly, ensuring that on average a TB sufferer infects almost a dozen others before they are treated or die. Each year nine million people are newly infected with TB. These numbers dwarf the deaths by Ebola, the disease that has gripped the world with fear.

Ebola is a new threat and certainly needs attention. But for years now Canada has been at the forefront of helping the world rid itself of the ancient plague of TB.

Canada is the sole funder of TB REACH, and the time for funding renewal is here. Canada needs to pledge another 120 million dollars over five years so that TB REACH can continue.

Nathaniel Poole,

Victoria