Drug-Resistant TB is Global Threat

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The medical aid group — Doctors without Borders — warns that drug-resistant tuberculosis has become a global threat. It says despite the growing number of cases, there are no effective treatments.

Doctors Without Borders has released a Crisis Alert called The New Face of an Old Disease. The group – also known by the French acronym MSF – says urgent action is needed to solve the problem.

Dr. Phillip Du Cros, a TB advisor for the group, said, “In MSF’s experience, we are seeing MDR-TB – or multi-drug resistant TB – in more and more countries and in more numbers in our programs.”

There are about 500,000 new cases of MDR-TB every year.

Source: Voice of America (link opens in a new window)

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drugs, global health, health care, tuberculosis, vaccines