Vietnam ranks 12th among 22 countries with the world's highest numbers of tuberculosis patients, a representative of the National Tuberculosis Control program told the press Monday.
Program director Dr. Dinh Ngoc Sy said at the moment there were at least 300,000 TB infections across the country.
Every year some 200,000 new cases are reported and 30,000 die of the disease, he said.
According to Sy, the number of TB patients in Vietnam is the fourth highest in Asia, after China, the Philippines and Cambodia.
Vietnam also ranks 14 among 27 countries which are burdened by multi-drug-resistant TB with 2.7 percent of the current patients suffering from it, he noted.
The press conference was organized in Ho Chi Minh City on the occasion of Vietnam's National TB Month and the World TB Day, which is observed on March 24.
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