Alarming Increase in Multi-Drug Resistant TB

October 22, 2014 5:09 PM

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for urgent action to stop the spread of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis or MDR-TB. While the agency’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2014 finds a steady decline in the number of TB cases globally, it warns MDR-TB is increasing at an alarming rate.

New estimates show 9 million people developed tuberculosis last year, and 1.5 million died, including 360,000 people who were HIV positive. These figures are terrible, especially since TB is a preventable and curable disease.

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