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Star Journal – Red light to halt pandemic

The Drum theatre in Dandenong was lit up red in recognition of the 1.4 million people who die from tuberculosis each year.

It was one of 50 buildings in Australia that showed support for a movement to end the TB pandemic on World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March.

According to campaign organisers Results, TB is one of the deadliest airborne infectious diseases.

It kills 4000 a day, including 700 children. Close to 15 million have succumbed in the past decade.

In Australia, more than 1000 people required treatment in 2020. About 1 million carry the latent virus.

Results International chief executive Negaya Chorley thanked Dandenong for its support against the “terrible disease”.


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