Tuberculosis (TB) is not a new disease but has long been neglected. The time is right for a bold and concerted effort to finally address the impact of Mycobacterium bovis infection on the health and well-being of people and animals.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set the stage for inclusive, multidisciplinary approaches to improving health throughout the world by 2030. Goal 3 includes a target for ending the global TB epidemic.
In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined the End TB Strategy – an ambitious framework for ending the epidemic by 2030. It calls for diagnosis and treatment of every person with TB. Patients with zoonotic TB must be included if the proposed targets are to be achieved.