SOURCE: Guardian Technologies International, Inc.

Guardian Technologies International, Inc.

February 04, 2010 07:00 ET

World TB Day Is March 24, 2010 -- Why Should You Care?

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - February 4, 2010) - Guardian Technologies International (OTCBB: GDTI) -- The world observes World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, 2010, with the campaign theme of, "On the Move Against Tuberculosis: Innovate to Accelerate Action."

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE about a disease that's been considered virtually extinct in the U.S. since antibiotics to treat it came on the scene in the 1940s?


-- One third of the world's total population is infected with tuberculosis (TB). One in 10 of these individuals will become sick with active TB in their lifetime, according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

-- Approximately 8.8 million people contract TB each year -- a new infection every second.

-- Nearly 2 million people die from the disease annually.

-- Infected individuals generally infect 10-12 people before they are positively diagnosed.

-- With the fluidity of international travel, this is not just a developing nations' problem anymore. It is virtually impossible to control the entry of TB patients into the country.

-- In 2009, the United States reported its first case of a medically resistant TB -- a highly contagious, aggressive, drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.

-- U.S.-based Guardian Technologies, in close collaboration with S. Africa's government health agencies, has developed a new automated TB diagnostics method that is faster, cheaper and more accurate, to meet the specific needs of countries that bear the highest burdens of TB. The new Signature Mapping TBDx™ holds the potential to save millions of lives and dollars.

-- "We are all connected by the air we breathe, and that is why this must be everyone's problem." -- Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Associated Press, 12/27/09).

Need more reasons? Ask us.

Experts from Guardian Technologies International (OTCBB: GDTI) in Herndon, VA and South Africa's Aurum Institute are available to discuss the worldwide TB pandemic and how new technology is enabling earlier detection, and making diagnosis faster, more accurate and less expensive to help slow the spread of this deadly disease.

Visuals available: Photos and video of TB testing and slides of TB sputum samples.

About Guardian Technologies International:

Guardian Technologies uses high-performance imaging technologies and advanced analytics to create integrated information management products and services. Currently, the company offers products and services for use in disease detection and airport security. By automating the processing of large quantities of graphic, numeric, and textual data, Guardian allows organizations to more efficiently detect, extract, analyze or effectively act upon the information.

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