March 23, 2011 |
Drug-resistant tuberculosis accounts for about 440,000 cases and 150,000 deaths worldwide each year. In a report released Wednesday, the World Health Organization urges better diagnosis and more funding for treatment of the drug-resistant disease that's harder to cure. Tuberculosis, or TB, is passed person to person via airborne germs like the common cold -- and the drug-resistant forms are no exception. WHO identifies 27 countries with the highest number of such cases, including Bangladesh, China, the Philippines, the Russian Federation and South Africa.
September 28, 2010
Good news from PLoS One, the Baltimore Sun reports -- cases of tuberculosis are falling because of effective prevention measures, but the risk of drug-resistant TB is going up. Tuberculosis isn’t as common as, say, pneumonia, but it’s a brutal disease that affects the lungs and may even harm the brain, kidneys and spine. It tends to attack those with weakened immune systems: drug abusers, migrant farm workers, the homeless, the elderly. Luckily there are plenty of resources out there to find out if you have it and how to fight it: The Mayo Clinic provides some basic information and resources, including a list of TB symptoms, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a fact-sheet on drug-resistant tuberculosis.
March 21, 2010 |
Even with tuberculosis cases falling sharply in the United States to historic lows, strains of drug-resistant disease are gaining ground elsewhere in the world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that TB prevalence in this country dropped 11.8% last year, the largest yearly decline since the government began monitoring the disease in 1953. But on the same day, the World Health Organization reported that an estimated 440,000 people worldwide had multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in 2008, and a third of them died.
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December 4, 2009 |
Sir John Crofton, a physician who is credited with saving millions of lives by pioneering the use of cocktails of antibiotics to treat tuberculosis -- a concept that has subsequently been applied to treating a variety of other diseases, particularly cancer and AIDS -- died Nov. 3 at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was 97. A specialist in diseases of the lungs, Crofton later turned his attention to battling smoking at home in Scotland and around the world, co-founding ASH-UK (Action on Smoking and Health)
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April 17, 2009 |
Inmates and staff at the state prison in Lancaster will be tested and evaluated for tuberculosis after a case of the disease was confirmed at the facility, officials said Thursday. "We take it very seriously," said Lt. George Allen, a spokesman at the prison. "That's why we're in full lockdown." Testing is set to begin today and will be conducted by medical staff and continue for as long as necessary, "depending on what they are able to determine," Allen said.
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March 22, 2009 |
Tuberculosis cases in California have fallen to the lowest level on record, but the state's rate remains one of the highest in the country, state health officials said. The tuberculosis rate dropped to seven cases per 100,000 people in 2008, down from the previous year when 7.2 cases were reported for every 100,000 people. In raw numbers, California recorded 2,696 tuberculosis cases in 2008, a decline of 1% from the previous year.
November 12, 2008 |
At least 83 cases of the most drug-resistant form of tuberculosis were diagnosed in the U.S. in the last 15 years, according to the most thorough accounting to date of the global scourge's national impact. But unlike what is happening in much of the developing world, new U.S. cases, already low, have declined sharply over that period, from a high of 18 in 1993 to two in 2007. Tuberculosis experts hailed the trend, reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.