Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world. More than ten million people worldwide contract it every year. The consequences are fatal for about 1.4 million people, which is more than any other infectious disease. Furthermore, the number of infections that have tuberculosis pathogens which cannot be treated with conventional antibiotics or alternative antibiotics are on the rise. Since 98 percent of TB infections affect people in developing and emerging countries, the market is hardly of interest to commercial businesses. There are few incentives for them to invest money in research and development. This means that by the start of the new millennium, almost no new tuberculosis drugs were developed.
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