- Four respiratory disease categories appear in the global top 10 causes of mortality, together accounting for one in six deaths as well as one in 10 disability-adjusted life-years lost.
- Lower respiratory infections and Tuberculosis are responsible for more than half of these lung related cases worldwide and third of the cases in Europe.
- There are around 8.6 million new cases, and 1.3 million deaths from TB every year.
- Diagnosis is still mostly performed by trained technicians examining sputum samples under a microscope (WHO tuberculosis factsheet).
A simple breath test could potentially be instrumental in early detection of many respiratory illnesses (read article).