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Drug-Resistant TB Is ‘Ticking Time Bomb,’ WHO Warns

“The [WHO] warns of a ‘ticking time bomb’ as tuberculosis is getting increasingly resistant to antibiotics,” TIME reports. “A rampant misuse of antibiotics has led to the bacteria’s increasing resistance, which has mainly affected China, Russia and India,” the magazine notes (Liljas, 12/12). The agency “estimates almost 500,000 people around the world have a type of TB which is resistant to at least two of the main types of drugs used to treat the disease. But most are not diagnosed and are walking around spreading these more deadly strains,” according to BBC News. “The WHO says the overall number of people developing the disease is falling, but 8.6 million people were diagnosed with TB last year, and more than a million people died from the disease,” the news service adds (Mazumdar, 12/11). Think Progress notes “about 80 percent of the people who have drug-resistant TB are not currently being treated” (Culp-Ressler, 12/11).