Navigation Links
World-wide warning of highly drug-resistant tuberculosis

New forms of highly drug-resistant tuberculosis are emerging and action must be taken soon before they become widespread globally, says an editorial in this week's BMJ.

The authors say that urgent action is needed to implement effective tuberculosis control strategies, especially in countries where tuberculosis control practices have been inadequate.

Research is also needed to assess the extent of the spread of these highly drug resistant strains of tuberculosis worldwide and improved means of diagnosis of tuberculosis and early detection of drug resistance are urgently required, they add.

Among 536 cases of tuberculosis confirmed at a rural hospital in South Africa earlier this year, 41% were multi-drug resistant and of those, 24% met the exact definition of being extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (also referred to as XDR tuberculosis). Such tuberculosis is almost untreatable.

All patients in this outbreak who were tested were HIV positive and 52 of the 53 died after an average of 25 days.

Strains of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis have also been noted in Europe, Asia and North and South America. It appears that there are several strains of this tuberculosis.

Author Dr Stephen Lawn, senior lecturer in infectious and tropical diseases at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, says that drug resistance to tuberculosis results largely from poorly managed care and control of the disease.

Poor prescribing practices, low drug quality (or erratic supply) and poor adherence to drugs can all contribute to this resistance to drugs. Where HIV rates are high, this allows particularly rapid spread of the disease within hospital settings and the community.

Dr Lawn says several responses to this problem are required including urgent assessment of the scale of the problem and an increase in laboratory capacity.

"Detection rates for cases of tuberculosis need to be improved, high
'"/>

Source:BMJ-British Medical Journal


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Hopkins AIDS experts issue warning about global efforts to provide drug therapies
2. Mercury contamination of fish warrants worldwide public warning
3. Roundup®highly lethal to amphibians, finds University of Pittsburgh researcher
4. Reducing antibiotic use lowers rates of drug-resistant bacteria
5. New class of antibiotics effective against drug-resistant bacteria discovered in fungi
6. Treating populations infected with HIV and latent TB could speed the emergence of drug-resistant TB
7. Lab-on-a-chip could speed up treatment of drug-resistant pneumonia
8. New research may overturn conventional wisdom on drug-resistant tuberculosis
9. Trojan horse strategy defeats drug-resistant bacteria
10. New vaccine protects more effectively against tuberculosis
11. Gene increases risk of tuberculosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: World wide warning highly drug resistant tuberculosis

(Date:8/21/2014)... successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, ... which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel. , "Water ... exciting prospect to use them to create hydrogen, and ... from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis ... offers potential as a zero-carbon replacement for petroleum products, ...
(Date:8/21/2014)... involves the pancreas digesting itself resulting in severe abdominal ... UK around 20,000 patients are diagnosed with the disease ... and treatment is restricted to intravenous fluid and nutritional ... of Life Sciences, who led the research, said "The ... gall stones and excessive alcohol intake combined with a ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... N.Y. In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers ... the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum ... reports a new Cornell study. , Moreover, such teens ... who did not eat nonfood substances. , Pregnant teens, ... hemoglobin, which can lead to iron deficiency and anemia. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Water and sunlight the formula for sustainable fuel 2Insulin offers new hope for the treatment of acute pancreatitis 2Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron 2
... darkened meadow west of Boston, Tufts University biologists are ... life of fireflies. , For the first time, researchers ... light ?previously shown in one species to indicate superior ... to provide misinformation to prospective mates. In other words, ...
... mays) in Illinois, a field worker noticed a plant so ... species. Its "peculiarly shaped ear" was "laid aside as a ... Latin ramosus, "having many branches"). Due to the alteration of ... the tassel of the plant were more highly branched than ...
... at Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd., Bayer CropScience and DuPont ... show promise as a safer and more effective way ... insecticides, which represent the first synthetic compounds designed to ... may also help tackle the growing problem of insecticide ...
Cached Biology News:Tufts researchers shine light on firefly mysteries 2The genetic origins of corn on the cob 2Novel compounds show promise as safer, more potent insecticides 2
(Date:8/21/2014)... Ontotext S4 , The Self ... . Now the same enterprise hardened text mining, ... unstructured data is available to start-ups and mid-size businesses ... Organizations that do not have resources to evaluate and ... S4 since there is no need for on premise ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... N.C. , Aug. 20, 2014 ... research services located in Raleigh, NC ... Bradford Evans as Vice President of Administration. ... Brad will oversee all corporate processes, including their ... joining Clintrax Global, Brad worked as an HR ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... , Aug. 20, 2014 Neurotrope, ... host a conference call to provide an update ... p.m. Eastern daylight timeDial-in numbers:(888) 505-4369 (U.S. and ... Live web cast: www.neurotropebioscience.com , under "Investor Relations"The ... after completion through September 2, 2014 at (888) ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... The 6th Annual Arrowhead Personalized ... October 29-30 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s conference ... researchers and clinicians focused on addressing and solving the ... the twelve years since the sequencing of the human ... with pharmacogenetic information in the label and molecular diagnostics ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ontotext Releases Text Mining & Semantic Technology Running in the Cloud – Welcome to “S4? 2Ontotext Releases Text Mining & Semantic Technology Running in the Cloud – Welcome to “S4? 3Ontotext Releases Text Mining & Semantic Technology Running in the Cloud – Welcome to “S4? 4Clintrax Global, Inc. Announces Addition to Executive Team 2Neurotrope To Host Conference Call 26th Annual Personalized and Precision Medicine Conference Bringing Together Thought Leaders to Discuss Clinical Implementation, Dx Reimbursement, Big Data, and Sequencing 2
... HILLS, Calif., Sept. 6, 2011 OXIS International, Inc. (OTC ... announced it has named David Saloff as Chief Executive Officer. ... in June of 2011. "David,s proven ability to ... an outstanding choice to lead OXIS at this time," said ...
... N.Y., Sept. 6, 2011 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, ... Joseph J. LaRosa has been appointed Senior Vice President, ... for overseeing all of the Company,s legal affairs, including ... and will report to Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D., ...
... IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 6, 2011 ChromaDex Corporation (OTCBB: ... L. Jaksch, Jr., will be presenting the company,s business ... Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference. The event will be ... New York City. ChromaDex is scheduled to ...
Cached Biology Technology:OXIS International Names David Saloff as Chief Executive Officer 2OXIS International Names David Saloff as Chief Executive Officer 3Regeneron Announces Appointment of Joseph J. LaRosa as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 2ChromaDex to Present at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference 2
WASF2 Immunogen: WASF2 (NP_008921, 73 a.a. ~ 173 a.a) partial recombinant protein with GST tag. Storage: -20 C, Avoid Freeze/Thaw Cycles *Available for distribution in the US only...
Applications: Western blotting Stability: Room temperature, indefinitely ...
...
Pronase Reagent...
Biology Products: