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6% Of New TB Infections In West Africa Resistant To Drugs, New Research Shows

The Guardian: Multidrug-resistant TB rates soaring in West Africa, WHO warns
“…Until now, the World Health Organization has had to rely on estimates for MDR-TB in West Africa because the data has not been collected or reliable. But a new surveillance network across eight countries in the region has found that drug resistance is a much greater threat than had been assumed. The WHO had estimated that up to two percent of new TB infections in West Africa were resistant to drugs, but the researchers found the true rate was six percent…” (Boseley, 11/2).

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