Preface I

Recently in 2009, the world was very much focused on the outbreak of the ‘swine flu’ in Mexico and elsewhere. While it has nothing to do with tuberculosis per se, it does illustrate how vulnerable a situation can be when an epidemic occurs.

Under those circumstances, what can be better than to have readily accessible the most updated book at hand so as to facilitate a more informed decision-making. This is one of the main aims of the book—to act as a comprehensive reference source for the various TB-related organizations and institutions globally. The book is also relevant to students and scientists who are involved in TB vaccine development.

Indeed, herein lies the unique feature of this book: it recognizes the contributions from other non-science disciplines, and as far as possible attempts to integrate them together. It is hoped that this will make the message related to the control of the disease comprehensive and far reaching.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all the contributors and editors, as well as the publisher for making the book possible. In particular, I would like to thank Dr Concepcion Campa, Director of Finlay Institute in Havana, for her encouragement to closely collaborating with the Universiti Sains Malaysia in initiating this invaluable project.

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

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