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Scientists Find First Signs Of Antiviral Resistance In New H7N9 Virus

“Scientists have found the first cases of the new bird flu virus proving resistant to treatment with Tamiflu or similar drugs,” The Guardian reports. “The analysis of the course of the H7N9 bird flu virus and use of antivirals in 14 patients, reported in The Lancet (.pdf) medical journal, found…

Blog Examines Funding For MDR-TB Versus Drug-Susceptible TB

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy at CGD, and Kate McQueston, program coordinator at the center, examine spending on tuberculosis (TB), including drugs to fight susceptible and multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains of the bacteria. “[D]espite higher costs and relatively…

New York Times Examines Emergence Of XDR-TB In Australia, PNG

“Australia’s first death from XDR-TB — extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which is nearly incurable — has alarmed health officials and added new heat to a debate over how to treat immigrants with dangerous diseases,” the New York Times reports. “A long string of small Australian islands — bits of what was…

New Testing Technologies Can Help Fight TB, But New Treatments Needed

“[F]or many low-income populations, [tuberculosis (TB)] is nothing less than a modern-day public health emergency,” and “[t]o make things worse, many of these patients [a]re living with HIV,” U.N. Under-Secretary General and UNITAID Chair Philippe Douste-Blazy writes in a Huffington Post “Impact” blog opinion piece. “There is hope though, and a new piece of…

More Action Needed To Fight TB, As Drug Resistance Spreading

“As we mark World [Tuberculosis (TB)] Day on Sunday March 24, there can be no denying that TB, fueled by drug resistance, continues to pose a serious global health threat — one that must be urgently addressed,” John Lechleiter, chair, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and chair…

Wall Street Journal Examines New Initiative To Combat Drug-Resistant TB In India

The Wall Street Journal examines a new effort to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) In India, noting “[a]n international health initiative has brokered a landmark accord that aims to halve the price patients pay for advanced tests for a strain of tuberculosis that is resistant to standard drugs.” The news service…

Antibiotic Resistance Poses ‘Catastrophic Threat’ To Public Health, England’s Top Health Official Warns In Report

In her first annual report, “England’s top health official said Monday that antibiotic resistance poses a ‘catastrophic threat’ to public health,” GlobalPost reports (DeFraia, 3/11). “Sally Davies … said global action is needed to fight antibiotic, or antimicrobial, resistance and fill a drug ‘discovery void’ by researching and developing new medicines to treat…

Health Officials Worried MDR-TB Will Become More Common Worldwide, In U.S.

The case of a Nepalese man with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) traveling through 13 countries before illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico, “first described by Betsy McKay at the Wall Street Journal, provides a window on a problem that health officials say is sure to arise more and more often,” NPR’s “Shots”…

U.S. News Examines Growing Threat Of Drug-Resistant TB

U.S. News & World Report examines the growing epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), highlighting a “new paper published earlier this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal warn[ing] that the first cases of ‘totally drug-resistant’ tuberculosis have been found in South Africa and that the disease is…

Antibiotics Not Being Used Properly, Leading To ‘Apocalyptic Scenario’ Of Drug-Resistant Infections, England’s Chief Medical Officer Says

“The rise in drug-resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England,” BBC News reports. Professor Dame Sally Davies “said bacteria were becoming resistant to current drugs and there were few antibiotics to replace them,” the news service adds (Gallagher, 1/24). “‘It is clear…