March 22, 2011
The growth in the rate of multidrug-resistant TB is threatening progress in the global TB fight, experts said Friday.
The spread of MDR TB continues to be a concern in Europe, according to a new report by the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Reported TB rates overall have been declining in Europe since 2005, standing at a regional average of 36.8 notifications per 100,000 population in 2009, according to WHO-ECDC. However, newly diagnosed and relapsed TB cases in 18 high-priority countries in the region are nearly eight times higher than the rest of Europe. Most of the high-priority nations are neither members of the European Union nor part of the European Economic Area, WHO-ECDC said.
"Vulnerable populations, including children, still do not have ready access to quality and timely diagnosis and treatment," said WHO-ECDC. "This remains a matter of urgency given the high prevalence of multi- and extensively drug-resistant TB in the region."
03.18.2011; Kate Kelland
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