Global resistance to TB drugs is ‘ticking time bomb’

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Increasing resistance to tuberculosis drugs around the world is a “ticking time bomb”, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

It estimates almost 500,000 people around the world have a type of TB which is resistant to at least two of the main types of drugs used to treat the disease.

But most are not diagnosed and are walking around spreading these more deadly strains.

More than half the cases are in China, Russia and India.

Source: BBC News (link opens in a new window)

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drugs, global health, health care, rural healthcare delivery, tuberculosis