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MDR-TB Spreading in Slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Health Workers Say

eatment, which costs roughly $6,000 for a full course, compared with roughly $20 for a course of regular TB treatment, IRIN News reports.

According to Muthama, the government is taking action to curb the spread of MDR-TB. "We have treatment centers where we are monitoring treatment as well as watching the patients," Muthama said, adding, "The patients are tested after one-and-a-half months to see if they are responding well, and from here we should be able to see if people have resistant strains." He also said that the number of treatment centers in the country has been increased to 1,800 because many patients have to walk to them.

Health workers and advocates are concerned that if the spread of MDR-TB is not brought under control in Kenya, the country could experience an outbreak of extensively drug-resistant TB, TB that is resistant to the two most potent first-line treatments and some of the available second-line drugs. Some Kenyan medical experts said recently that Kenya and its surrounding region lack the capacity to handle XDR-TB if the disease spreads to the region.

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