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Resistant TB spreading - WHO

Friday February 3rd, 2012

The world is facing a serious threat from the spread of hard to treat TB, experts warned yesterday.

Levels of multi-drug resistant TB have now reached a record high, according to the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation.

In some cases it now affects 65 per cent of patients who succumb to TB after previous treatment, according to experts.

The problem is especially rife in eastern Europe and central Asia in countries such as Estonia, Belarus, Russia and Tajikistan.

But experts said they still do not know the full extent of the problem in countries such as India and Africa.

Dr Matteo Zignol, of the WHO, said: "Surveillance of resistance to drugs is the cornerstone of TB control.

"Following 15 years of intensive effort, we now have high quality data for two-thirds of countries in the world.

"At the same time, we don't know the full extent of the problem because we lack data from many countries, in particular India and most of Africa where the TB burden is high."

Bulletin of the World Health Organisation February 2012

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