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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TB Spread From Russia

MOSCOW -- Russia's raging tuberculosis epidemic has spread to Scandinavia through emigration and threatens other Western countries, including the United States, officials of the World Health Organization warned.

The alarming rate of new TB cases reported in Russia and other East European countries last year underscored earlier cautions that collapsing health care systems in former Communist bloc have fostered a flourishing of the disease that already kills 3 million each year.

But the rising numbers of TB infections in previously low-incidence countries to which Russians have been emigrating has made a reality of health officials' worst fears -- that the epidemic can transcend borders and social classes.