WHO: Multidrug and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: 2010 Global Report

WHO released Multidrug and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: 2010 Global Report on Surveillance and Response, which includes estimates that 440,000 people had MDR-TB worldwide in 2008 and that a third of them died. The report notes that, “in sheer numbers, Asia bears the brunt of the epidemic. Almost 50% of MDR-TB cases worldwide are estimated to occur in China and India. In Africa, estimates show 69 000 cases emerged, the vast majority of which went undiagnosed.” WHO is engaged in a five year project to strengthen TB laboratories with rapid tests in nearly 30 countries. This will ensure more people benefit early from life-saving treatments. It is also working closely with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the international community on increasing access to treatment….

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/drug_resistant_tb_20100318/en/index.html

The study is available at: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241599191_eng.pdf

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