Latest Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis Stories

2006-05-19 14:25:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Leaders of the G8 group of rich countries should take the lead and fill a funding gap in the global battle against tuberculosis, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday. Dr Wieslaw Jakubowiak, WHO's TB Control Programme Coordinator in the Russian Federation, urged the G8 heads of state to set an example at their July summit in St Petersburg by backing action to tackle the illness that kills about 2 million people a year. A...

2006-03-16 19:09:20

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization unveiled a new strategy on Friday to fight tuberculosis, an infectious disease that kills about 1.7 million people worldwide each year. The strategy, which aims to expand existing treatment programs, improve diagnosis and prevent co-infection with HIV/AIDS, underpins the WHO's $56 billion global plan launched in January to halve TB prevalence and death rates and save 14 million lives by 2015. "The new Stop TB Strategy injects new...

2004-11-27 03:00:10

Laboratorians have been on the front lines in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) ever since Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus in 1882. The bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M tuberculosis) has a high concentration of lipids in the cell wall, which makes it the ultimate survivor. It is impermeable to stains and dyes, resistant to many antibiotics, resistant to killing by acidic and alkaline compounds, resistant to osmotic lysis via complement deposition,...

2004-11-25 03:00:15

As children acquire infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis from adults in their environment, the epidemiology of childhood tuberculosis (TB) follows that in adults. While global burden of childhood tuberculosis is unclear, in developing countries the annual risk of tuberculosis infection in children is 2- 5 per cent. Nearly 8-20 per cent of the deaths caused by tuberculosis occur in children. It has been suggested that BCG vaccination is responsible for decrease in the occurrence of...

2004-11-25 03:00:15

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistant to both isoniazid and rifampicin with or without resistance to other drugs is among the most worrisome elements of the pandemic of antibiotic resistance. Globally, about three per cent of all newly diagnosed patients have MDR-TB. The proportion is higher in patients who have previously received antituberculosis treatment reflecting the failure of programmes designed to ensure complete cure of patients...

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