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World TB Day 2017: Unite to end TB

Electron microscopy, picture of Tuberculosis bacteria. © RKI

In 2016, a total of 5,915 TB cases were notified in Germany. This number hasn’t changed much since 2015 (5,852 cases) and is quite as high as about 10 years ago. Therefore, it is as important as ever to closely monitor the disease, including systematic molecular analyses. TB genome data, for example, provide crucial information that help disclosing outbreaks and cutting transmission chains. Moreover, active case finding is essential in order to track down TB infections and TB cases early and thus avoid further spread of the disease.


Every year, the RKI publishes a ‘Report on the Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in Germany’ which depicts the situation and noteworthy developments; a summary containing the number of deaths, analyses of demographic data, tuberculosis in children and more is also available in English. The data for 2015 is available on the RKI website (see link below). The TB report for 2016 will be released towards the end of 2017.

Date: 20.03.2017

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What we do

What we do

The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

Virus Explorer image database

Virus Explorer image database

The Virus Explorer for diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) is an offline database by RKI containing images of viruses relevant in infectious diseases of humans. It can be used for diagnostic as well as training and teaching purposes.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

RKI in the field

RKI in the field

When there are health emergencies across the world, such as disease outbreaks, the Robert Koch Institute’s expertise is in ever greater demand. Reports and photo stories provide an insight into RKI's work in the field.

European diagnostic network EMERGE

European diagnostic network EMERGE

The EMERGE network aims to provide an efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging bacteria and viruses at EU level and abroad. The project is coordinated by the RKI.

German Health Survey for Adults

German Health Survey for Adults

The Robert Koch-Institute regularly conducts and publishes the "German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults", an on-going assessment and analysis of the health condition of the German adult population.