World TB Day is March 24

Join the American Lung Association of the Northeast for the 2nd Annual World TB Day Walk on March 22 in NYC

(March 6, 2014)

Despite popular misconceptions that tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of the past, it continues to pose a threat to public health. In observance of World TB Day on March 24, the American Lung Association is working to raise awareness about this disease so we can save more lives. 

TB is a contagious airborne infection caused by an organism called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which usually attacks the lungs. One-third of the world’s population is currently infected with TB.  Each year, close to 9 million people worldwide are diagnosed with TB, and nearly 1.5 million people die.  Millions more are expected to die from TB in the next decade.

This year the CDC has selected the theme "Find TB. Treat TB. Working together to eliminate TB." to highlight that TB is still a life-threatening problem in the United States, despite the declining number of TB cases. 

We’re proud to join in this effort by supporting the 2nd Annual New York City World TB Day Walk to be held on Saturday, March 22. The walk will begin at Union Square (14th Street and Broadway) at 9:30 am, and proceed to Judson Memorial Church. The rally at Judson will feature TB experts and TB survivors. It will be a chance for everyone to learn how to prevent TB and raise awareness of this deadly disease.

Register for the Walk now

Get the Facts About TB

Download the TB Day Walk Poster

For more information about the Walk contact: tbwalknyc@gmail.com

The American Lung Association is at the forefront of funding research and examining the links between TB and other lung diseases and risk factors. Since 2002, the Lung Association has provided more than $2.7 million in support of TB. To learn more about research supported by the American Lung Association, view our "Research Awards Nationwide" report.   The Lung Association’s website also includes in-depth information about TB.

Those who cannot attend the Walk but who would like to take action can help by joining our effort to urge Congress to fully fund efforts to get TB under control.