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Drop in TB mortality rate among Saudis

According to data by Saudi Arabia's National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTCP), mortality among TB patients showed a declining trend among Saudis and a stagnant trend among non-Saudis beginning 2003, Arab News has reported. The 10-year study, entitled "Mortality among tuberculosis patients in Saudi Arabia," also said that the fatality rate from TB was positively correlated to age, among both Saudis and non-Saudis. It recommended boosting the kingdom's laboratory network and providing the latest molecular technology to enhance early diagnosis and treatment of suspected patients, which could result in a further decline in TB related deaths.