Category Archives: TB

As U.S. sees first rise in TB cases since early ’90s, World TB Day offers forum to count costs of missed opportunities

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Generally World TB Day is meant to commemorate progress, and the opportunities to conquer an ancient disease that opened when physician scientist Robert Koch identified the bacteria that causes it more than 130 years ago. This year, though, the day also offered a glimpse of what happens when progress stands still. The short answer: The […]

World TB Day 2016: CDC’s Shannon Hader on leadership against an epidemic

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The following is a guest post from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Global HIV and TB, with answers to questions on the global tuberculosis pandemic and responses from Division Director Shannon Hader. TB is one of the world’s oldest diseases, yet it continues to kill millions of people each year. […]

Access to medicine, diagnostics and human rights . . . We’re reading how to fight TB

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Just 2 percent of people with the severest cases of drug-resistant TB currently have access to new, more effective treatments that could save their lives – Remember the excitement a couple of years back when the first new kinds of drugs to treat TB to be developed in half a century were approved? When delamanid […]

Battling TB and other outbreaks “staff, stuff, space, and systems ” still lacking

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Paul Farmer first saw multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the early 1990s in Haiti, from where he smuggled a patient’s sputum sample to test for drug resistance in Boston. Months later, Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Kim with other colleagues discovered a cluster of fifty MDR-TB patients in a squatter settlement of 100,000 in Lima, Peru. […]