50,000 Chinese die of TB annually

Beijing, March 21 (IANS) As many as 50,000 people die of tuberculosis (TB) annually in China, with about 1 million new cases reported each year, a health official said Thursday.

The number indicates that one person dies of the disease every ten minutes, said Wang Yu, director with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wang added that tuberculosis kills 1.4 million people each year around the world, reported Xinhua.

Currently, there are 5 million Chinese people who suffer from active tuberculosis, ranking China second among 22 countries that are plagued by the disease.