Navigation Links
'Alarming' Rise Seen in Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Date:8/30/2012

THURSDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- There are alarmingly high levels of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in many areas of the world, a new study finds.

Researchers found high rates of resistance to at least one second-line drug (nearly 44 percent) among multidrug-resistant TB patients in eight countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. They also found higher-than-expected overall levels of extensively drug-resistant TB.

Multidrug-resistant TB can withstand to at least two first-line drugs: soniazid and rifampicin. Extensively drug-resistant TB is resistant to isoniazid, rifampicin, a fluoroquinolone and a second-line injectable drug.

Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics that include ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and gatifloxacin.

For the study, samples collected from nearly 1,300 adults with multidrug-resistant TB in Estonia, Latvia, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Thailand were tested for resistance to 11 first-line and second-line anti-TB drugs. Overall, in nearly 44 percent of patients, resistance to any second-line drug was detected. Rates ranged from 33 percent in Thailand to 62 percent in Latvia.

Overall, one-fifth of patients had resistance to at least one second-line injectable drug, ranging from 2 percent in the Philippines to 47 percent in Latvia. The overall rate of resistance to a fluoroquinolone was nearly 13 percent, ranging from 7 percent in the Philippines to 32 percent in South Korea.

Extensively drug-resistant TB was found in 6.7 percent of patients overall, with prevalence in South Korea (15 percent) and Russia (11 percent) more than twice the current World Health Organization estimate for the same time period (5.4 percent).

The researchers also found that the risk of extensively drug-resistant TB was more than four times higher in patients previously treated for TB, and that previous treatment with second-line drugs was the strongest risk factor for resistance.

The study was published online Aug. 29 in The Lancet.

"Drug-resistant TB is more difficult and costly to treat, and more often fatal. Internationally, it is particularly worrisome in areas with fewer resources and less access to effective therapies. As more individuals are diagnosed with, and treated for, drug-resistant TB, more resistance to second-line drugs is expected to emerge," lead author Tracy Dalton, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a journal news release.

"So far, [extensively drug-resistant] TB has been reported in 77 countries worldwide, but exact prevalence remains unclear," Dalton noted.

"Most international recommendations for TB control have been developed for [multidrug-resistant] TB prevalence of up to around 5 percent. Yet now we face prevalence up to 10 times higher in some places, where almost half of the patients with infectious disease are transmitting [multidrug-resistant] strains," Sven Hoffner, from the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control, wrote in an accompanying journal editorial.

"Updated information on [multidrug-resistant] TB and investigation of the trends are urgently needed...especially since the true scale of the burden of [multidrug-resistant] and [extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis] might be underestimated and seem to be rapidly increasing," he wrote.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about TB.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Aug. 29, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. African Chimps Carry Drug-Resistant, Human-Linked Staph
2. Computational analysis identifies drugs to treat drug-resistant breast cancer
3. Scientists develop new strategy to overcome drug-resistant childhood cancer
4. Rare Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spotted in U.S. Hospital
5. New Medicine Might Fight Drug-Resistant TB, Study Says
6. Einstein awarded $6 million grant to develop new TB vaccine against drug-resistant strains
7. Kinase test may yield big gains for drug-resistant cancers
8. Dartmouth medical research closes in on new tuberculosis vaccine
9. Tuberculosis increases the risk of lung cancer mortality in the elderly
10. A better tool to diagnose tuberculosis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Alarming' Rise Seen in Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis 
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States ... creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have ... thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of ... announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 ... Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American ... Excellence to Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium ... 8. , In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa Mohebi, the Los ... article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal section, featuring articles ... procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , Dr. Mohebi says ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October ... treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association ... more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early ... of wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring of ... Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health solutions ... affordable analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, ... ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... Pa. , Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen ... a complete response letter from the U.S. Food and ... seeking approval of sirukumab for the treatment of moderately ... letter indicates additional clinical data are needed to further ... moderately to severely active RA. ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... KALAMAZOO, Mich. , Sept. 18, 2017 ... , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of Kalamazoo, ... offer a strategic hub service that expedites and streamlines ... personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and wellness management services.  ... is a medical device used to measure lung function ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: