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The Nation Examines Global Spread Of Drug-Resistant TB, Treatment Of Patients In South Africa

The Nation: Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Is a Global Crisis. Why Are We Doing So Little to Fight It?
“…Although largely unnoticed by the public in the United States and Western Europe, where TB and HIV are relatively well-controlled, the co-epidemic rages on across great swaths of Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa. In 2013 alone, these twin scourges took the lives of an estimated 2.6 million people, who died of one infection, or the other, or both. … The ongoing, uncontrolled spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) also threatens to upend the public health systems in South Africa and 21 other counties…” (Foster, 9/29).

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