‘Virtually untreatable’ TB found

Posted on September 6, 2006  Comments (3)

‘Virtually untreatable’ TB found:

TB presently causes about 1.7 million deaths a year worldwide, but researchers are worried about the emergence of strains that are resistant to drugs.

Drug resistance is caused by poor TB control, through taking the wrong types of drugs for the incorrect duration.

Multi-drug resistant TB (MDR TB), which describes strains of TB that are resistant to at least two of the main first-line TB drugs, is already a growing concern.

Globally, the WHO estimates there are about 425,000 cases of MDR TB a year, mostly occurring in the former Soviet Union, China and India.

TB Related posts: Extensively Drug-resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB), May 2007Deadly TB Strain is Spreading, WHO Warns, Mar 2007Tuberculosis Pandemic Threat, Jan 2007

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3 Responses to “‘Virtually untreatable’ TB found”

  1. Deadly TB Strain is Spreading, WHO Warns
    March 23rd, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    […] “The good news is that the global incidence may have peaked,” particularly in China, India, and Indonesia, he said. “The bad news is that although the incidence has declined [there] is resistance to most powerful first-line drugs and a form of TB that is resistant to second-line drugs.” […]

  2. CuriousCat: Fighting Tuberculosis
    February 23rd, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    “Once routinely treated with cheap antibiotics, TB is poised to make a terrifying comeback. More and more, doctors in developing nations are finding patients infected with strains of TB invulnerable to all but a handful of extremely expensive, exotic drugs…”

  3. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » TB Pandemic Threat
    February 1st, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    […] ‘Virtually untreatable’ TB found – Prevention and Treatment of Tuberculosis in the Coming Century – UN Special Envoy warns of deadly […]

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