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CNN Discusses Drug-Resistant Malaria, Disease Elimination Efforts In SE Asia

CNN: Scientists race to eliminate malaria as ‘wonder drug’ loses its powers “… A river that can be crossed in a rickety boat is no barrier to a parasite that rides in the salivary glands of mosquitoes or the red blood cells of humans. … History tells us what happens…

1M Children Worldwide Contract TB Annually, According To Study

News outlets report on a new study that says one million children worldwide become infected with tuberculosis (TB) annually and 32,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of TB. Agence France-Presse: A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study “About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with…

Lancet Releases ‘Tuberculosis 2014’ Series

In recognition of World TB Day, The Lancet published Tuberculosis 2014, a series featuring papers from The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Respiratory Medicine “discussing topics ranging from host-directed therapies and vaccines, extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, and new anti-tuberculosis drugs, [and] highlighting not only past successes, but also the challenges…

News Outlets Highlight World TB Day

In recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, news outlets report on the progress and challenges surrounding the disease. Al Jazeera: Tuberculosis makes a comeback “… TB kills 1.3 million people per year — more than any other infectious disease apart from HIV/AIDS. It’s caught…

Poor Diagnosis Aids In Spread Of Drug Resistant TB

Reuters: Poor diagnosis driving global multidrug-resistant TB, WHO warns “… Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which says drug-resistant TB is a ‘global health security risk’, showed a third of the estimated 9 million people who contract TB in any form each year do not get the care…

MSF Releases Briefing Paper On Drug-Resistant TB

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a new briefing paper on Monday which “outlines why the alarming spread of deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is one of the biggest global health threats we face today. [The paper] calls on governments, pharmaceutical companies, and researchers to mobilize urgently to save more…

Drug-Resistant TB Becoming More Widespread In S. Africa

Inter Press Service: South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB “Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment…” (Bosworth, 3/12).

Drug-Resistant TB Cases Becoming More Prevalent In India, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: India Fights a Tougher TB “…For many [tuberculosis (TB) patients], lack of proper diagnosis and interrupted dosages are increasing their resistance to available drugs. Drug resistance is human-made — an iatrogenic disease resulting from mismanagement of TB, experts say. Drug-resistant TB can occur as a primary infection…

Malaria Cases Decline But Many Still At Risk

News outlets report on continued efforts to eliminate malaria in Asia and Africa. While the number of deaths due to malaria declines, many are still at risk of the disease. IRIN: Malaria fight sees decade of progress, with pitfalls ahead “A lot can change in a decade … the field…

Improper Treatment Leading To TB Drug Resistance In India

Deutsche Welle: TB drug resistance is on the rise in India “In India, two patients die every three minutes of tuberculosis. Improper treatment is leading to drug resistance, with 64,000 new cases registered in the South Asian country in 2012…” (Das, 2/27).

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