Huge progress with lowering TB rates
The rate of tuberculosis in the Canary Islands is six cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the second lowest in Spain.
It was historically an endemic disease in the Canary Islands, whose incidence has been gradually decreasing since 2000, when it was 23.4 cases.
Figures were released by health chiefs on the occasion of the celebration of World TB Day, celebrated every year on March 24 because it was on this date that Dr. Robert Koch detected the tubercle bacillus in 1882. This was the first step towards diagnosis and cure of the disease.
Tuberculosis has historically been an endemic disease in the Canary Islands with a presence in all the islands. The evolution registered since 2000, in which a rate of 23.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was determined, has been very good, with rates progressively decreasing until reaching the last of 6.02 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, one of the lowest in Spanish territory.
By age groups, it is observed that the group of 65 and over is the one with the highest rate of involvement in both men and both sexes as a whole.