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Zimbabwe Sees Increase In MDR-TB Cases Despite Drop In Overall TB Cases

Inter Press Service: Zimbabwe Faces Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB “…According to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, cases of MDR-TB nearly doubled from 156 in 2011 to 244 cases in 2013. This was despite the fact that notifications for ordinary TB drastically declined from 47,000…

Congress Should Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Bolster New Antibiotic Development

Roll Call: Congressional Action in the Fight Against Superbugs Rear Admiral James J. Carey, national chair of the Flag & General Officers’ Network and chair of the Science in Service to Humanity Foundation “…[Thursday], two senators, Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced a bipartisan bill to encourage…

India Must Focus On Stopping Drug-Resistant TB Transmission, Involve All Sectors In Ending TB

Huffington Post India: Understanding India’s Evolving Tuberculosis Challenge Nerges Mistry, trustee and joint director of the Foundation for Medical Research “…Given its dangerous implications, curbing transmission-generated drug-resistant TB in India is the need of the hour. This is only possible if every suspected patient undergoes drug susceptibility testing during their…

Drug Resistance Lower Than Previously Thought Among People On PrEP, Study Shows

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: PrEP: Risk of resistance to antiretroviral drugs used to prevent infection is lower than thought, study finds Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a study published in the January…

U.S. TB Funding Should Reflect Global Threat Posed By Drug-Resistant Strains

New York Times: Losing the Fight Against Tuberculosis Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “…Americans can no longer afford to be indifferent to the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis. … At least in the short term, poor countries need the specialized expertise only America can provide. When the president’s budget requests for the…

Artemisinin Drug Resistance Threatens Mekong Region’s Progress Against Malaria

Financial Times: Malaria: Real and present danger “…A potential comeback by malaria in Myanmar, Cambodia, and neighboring Mekong subregion countries risks quietly undoing years of progress in fighting this historical scourge in the world’s warmer regions. Health workers are finding growing numbers of sufferers of the disease for whom therapies…