Category Archives: TB

IAS 2017: X-DR TB emerges in 1990s in South Africa fueled by HIV

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PARIS – Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis emerged and was widely transmitted in South Africa long before it was spotted by public health surveillance efforts, and at least a decade earlier than the first reported outbreak in 2005, a  presentation Monday showed. The start of the spread was , concurrent with the steep rise in both HIV and […]

G20 declaration notes TB as reports highlight needs for policy, funding leadership

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“We highlight the importance of fostering R&D, in particular for priority pathogens as identified by WHO and tuberculosis.” G20 Leaders Declaration, Shaping an interconnected world, Hamburg, July 7-8, 2017 In the 15-page declaration G20 leaders produced agreeing to actions toward “building resilience, improving sustainability, and assuming responsibility,” in “an interconnected world,” amidst a brief section […]

Moscow TB meeting declaration gets a civil society makeover and is up for signers

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Individuals and organizations interested in signing on to a civil society version of the Moscow Declaration that could serve as a blueprint for commitments and action toward ending the global impacts of tuberculosis over the next decade and a half have one more day to do so. The Global Fund Advocates Network worked with members, […]

Study: Early intensified treatment boosted drug-resistant TB meningitis survival, but detection remains challenged

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A randomized trial of clinical outcomes for patients with drug-resistant tuberculous meningitis underscores that new diagnostic tools and treatments for the disease are critically needed, authors of a report in the July Clinical Infectious Diseases write. Their study found early identification of drug-resistance and intensified treatment to be pivotal in improving survival chances of people with the […]

WHO sets stage of for global ministerial TB conference, seeks input on declaration

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November Moscow conference will inform 2018 United Nations high level meeting When ministers of health and leaders of other government offices and agencies worldwide gather in Moscow this November for a Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB, they will face the task of agreeing to make enough changes to what they are doing now to […]

Bedaquiline effective, safe, manageable across wide range of settings, five-continent data show

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Data on patients treated with one of the two newest tuberculosis medicines in 15 countries across five continents show that the treatment, which represents a last resort for hundreds of thousands of people with drug-resistant strains of disease, can be administered safely in a wide range of settings, and bring greatly improved outcomes compared to […]

Study projects drug-resistant tuberculosis transmissions to climb in four countries

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Using data on outcomes and impacts of tuberculosis across four countries with some of the highest rates of the disease, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found indications that person-to-person transmission will drive rising rates of TB that does not respond to treatments of first and second resort over the […]

WHO TB Guidelines updated to reflect effective patient-centered practices

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With an emphasis on treatment that reaches all people sick with tuberculosis, and systems responsive to and supportive of patients, the World Health Organization has released an update to its tuberculosis care guidelines, highlighting issues that many of the countries with the highest burden of TB disease continue to fall short of confronting. The update […]

National Action Plan for Combatting MDR-TB continues to be a work in progress

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First year report describes assessments of needs, strategies, opportunities In December 2015, tuberculosis response advocates welcomed the release of a White House National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis with wary optimism. Promised months earlier as part of a broader administration initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance, a set of specific goals to counter the growing […]

We’re reading about tuberculosis, and why one day a year is not enough

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Friday was the official World TB Day, a single calendar page set aside to send the message that TB continues to spread — with 10.4 million cases last year, a million among children — that TB continues to take a needless toll — of 1.8 million in 2016 alone, that drug-resistant TB poses a growing worldwide threat, and […]