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WHO and U.S. Officials Meet to Discuss Funding to Combat XDR-TB

Paul Nunn, coordinator of the World Health Organization's tuberculosis drug-resistant unit, this week met with U.S. officials and members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to discuss funding to combat extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis // -- TB that is resistant to first- and second-line drugs -- VOA News reports. ....According to Nunn, the "baseline figure" required to combat XDR-TB in Afr...

Forcible Detention and Isolation Needed for XDR-TB Patients, warn Experts

It’s a tough call between human rights and a medical problem of utmost urgency but researchers support the latter//. ..Jerome Singh and colleagues from Durban's Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa have come out strongly for forcible detention and isolation of those affected with XDR-TB. ..XDR-TB or extreme drug resistant TB refers to a case of tuberculosis, which is virtual...

World Must Act Quickly To Control Spread XDR-TB

The world has "an opportunity to act quickly and prevent" the spread of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, TB that is resistant to first-and second-line drugs, and stop// it "from becoming a global health crisis," Anthony Fauci, director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, writes in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece. ..Most importantly, TB control programs...

XDR-TB: the Latest Global Terror

Statistics that frighten were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Los Angeles//, the largest scientific gathering for AIDS researchers, Sunday. ..Health professionals made the present scenario of XDR-TB or extensively drug resistant tuberculosis that is ravaging South Africa known here. ..The meeting has drawn 3,800 of the world's leading AIDS researchers...

Kenya, Surrounding Region Lack Capacity To Handle XDR-TB, Experts Say

Kenya and its surrounding region lack the capacity to handle extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, if the disease spreads to the region. //The TB virus is said to be resistant to two most potent first-line treatments and some of the available second-line drugs, according to some Kenyan medical experts. ....Treating a case of nondrug-resistant TB requires roughly $400, compared with $18,000 t...

XDR-TB a Serious Threat to India

The study, the first in India to look at the prevalence of XDR-TB, found this type of TB accounts for 8% of multi-drug-resistant cases, compared with about 4% in the United States. ......MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB) describes strains of tuberculosis that are resistant to at least the two first-line TB drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin. XDR-TB is MDR-TB that is also resistant to three or mor...
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