Did you know that Carl Zeiss helps affected countries detect tuberculosis faster?

Did You Know…

…that ZEISS Helps Affected Countries Detect Tuberculosis Faster?


It was Robert Koch who discovered the disease – using a microscope from Jena. One hundred and twenty-seven years ago today, Koch announced that he had discovered the tuberculosis bacterium. That is why today is World Tuberculosis Day, A truly important anniversary as, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), one third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis – the disease causes 1.6 million deaths every year.

Tuberculosis is still a global threat and is the most dangerous infectious disease after HIV. Most cases occur in Southeast Asia and Africa, where someone is infected with the disease every second. With the aid of high-tech microscopy, ZEISS and the FIND Foundation provide support where it is most urgently needed. The Primo Star iLED microscope developed specifically for detecting tuberculosis is available to severely affected countries at a reduced price.

What makes this microscope special? The LED-activated fluorescence procedure makes it easier to spot the pathogens than with traditional brightfield microscopy. The bacteria can be recognized up to four times faster and with up to ten percent greater precision. Developers at ZEISS have adapted the microscope to the conditions prevalent in the countries of use. It is easy to operate, has low running costs and is ideally equipped to deal with power failures thanks to its rechargeable battery.

24 March 2009

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