…that Carl Zeiss supports more than 70 countries in detecting tuberculosis?

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…that ZEISS Supports More than 70 Countries In Detecting Tuberculosis?


Even though it attracts very little attention in industrialized countries these days, tuberculosis is the world’s most common treatable infectious disease – one out of every three people is infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there are about 1.5 million fatalities a year, with other sources estimating as many as 3 million. Even In Germany there are about 5,000 new cases and several hundred deaths that are reported each year.

To allow pathogens to be detected more easily, ZEISS and FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) have jointly developed an efficient, sturdy, and easy-to-use fluorescence microscope Primo Star iLED enables tuberculosis to be identified up to four times faster and almost ten percent more accurately than with conventional brightfield microscopy.

ZEISS is currently offering this microscope at a favorable price to 74 countries, all of which have a tuberculosis rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and a below-average gross domestic product. The company is also a member of the “Stop TB” initiative, which aims to free the world of tuberculosis. This would eliminate not only the most dangerous, but also one of the oldest curable infectious diseases. Tuberculosis pathogens have been discovered in bones dating back 9,000 years.

23 March 2010

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