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Despite Overall Decline In Cases, European Region Records 1,000 New TB Cases Daily, Report Shows

News outlets highlight findings of a joint WHO/Europe and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report on tuberculosis in the region.

Agence France-Presse: Tuberculosis still raging in Eastern Europe
“About a thousand people still contract tuberculosis daily in Europe and Central Asia, despite an overall decline of the disease, a report by the Europe Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed Tuesday…” (3/17).

Deutsche Welle: Health agencies say drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis remain a killer in Europe
“…The latest report — a collaboration between the WHO and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control — found infection rates falling in some high-priority countries, while the disease is fighting back in other low-incidence countries…” (3/17).

Reuters: Tuberculosis and superbug strains ‘ravaging’ Europe, WHO warns
“… ‘MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB) is still ravaging the European Region, making it the most affected area of the entire world,’ Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO’s regional director, said as the report was published…” (Kelland, 3/17).

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