XDR-TB

Date: March 24, 2015

XDR stands for Extensively Drug resistant – Tuberculosis

Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is a form of tuberculosis caused by bacteria that are resistant to the most of the effective anti-TB drugs. Some contend that XDR-TB strains have emerged from the mismanagement of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and once created, can spread from one person to another. The exact nature of this mismanagement is not yet known.XDR-TB raises concerns of a future TB epidemic with restricted treatment options, and jeopardizes the major gains made in TB control and progress on reducing TB deaths among people living withHIV/AIDS. It is therefore vital that TB control be managed properly and new tools developed to prevent, treat and diagnose the disease.


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