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Global Progress Against Tuberculosis Slowed by Drug-Resistant Infections

Reuters reports that though the rates of tuberculosis (TB) infection and death have fallen since 2012, its negative effect on the global population may be increasing due to multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). Rates of tuberculosis infection have fallen from 8.7 million in 2011 to 8.6 million in 2012 and TB death rates have fallen from 1.4 million to 1.3 million. However, the WHO reports that TB is still a major problem, where approximately 75% of the 3 million missed TB cases are in just 12 countries, including South Africa, India and Bangladesh, and that in these countries the links between diagnosis and treatment are essentially missing. “The U.N. health agency estimates that 450,000 people fell ill with MDR-TB in 2012 alone, with China, India and Russia worst affected, followed by another 24 other countries.” Additionally, about 16,000 MDR-TB cases diagnosed in 2012 were left untreated, a statistic which is “unacceptable.”

Read the article published by Reuters.