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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tuberculosis Deaths Reach Record Tally

LONDON -- Tuberculosis killed a record 3 million people in 1995 and will claim another 30 million lives in the next decade unless the world takes urgent action, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

HIV, improved transport and sheer ignorance have helped spread the deadly, airborne disease over the globe, the WHO said in a report Sunday.

The WHO is pressing governments to implement "directly observed treatment,'' a new, six-month regime that uses a combination of four drugs to kill TB bacteria. Health workers monitor patients to ensure they take their medication.

This short course of treatment costs as little as $11 and cures more than 95 percent of cases, according to the WHO.