Brief news reports on Tuberculosis

CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. Dr. John Blandford of  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health and his team of colleagues have found that cost savings from averted negative outcomes offset a major portion of the cost of treatment over time.

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India: HIV helpline will hear TB patients

Mumbai: The city's HIV helpline, Saadhan (2411 4000), will be used to disseminate information about TB as well. With one XXDR (extra extensively drug resistant) TB patient testing positive for HIV, health officials thought it logical to club the information system for both infections.

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India: Patient with deadly TB strain tests positive for HIV

A patient with extra-extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XXDR TB) has tested positive for HIV. Public health experts say the coming together of the two dreaded infections is worrying. Fourteen XXDR TB cases have been detected in the state so far.

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Jordan: Kingdom maintains low TB prevalence for second consecutive year

For the second year in a row, the Kingdom has succeeded in maintaining low prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) among Jordanians, a Ministry of Health official said on Monday.

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How to make better vaccines for humans and animals

Researchers at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) and collaborators at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, have discovered why some vaccines are not as effective at stimulating an immune response as we would hope and have investigated ways in which improvements could be made.

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Zimbabwe: Nation to mark World TB Day commemorations

This year World TB Day commemorations are set to be held in Bulawayo on March 24, advocacy, communication and social mobilisation/community TB care officer in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Aids and TB Unit Mr Andrew Nyambo has announced.

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Can cattle TB spread to humans?

It's not just humans, animals, too, suffer from tuberculosis.

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UNAIDS: Sourcing African solutions will be critical to ending Africa’s ‘AIDS dependency crisis’

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 28 January 2012—UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé called today on African governments to take on a greater share of AIDS investments in their own countries and across the region. Addressing an audience of Heads of State and Government attending the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Mr Sidibé said that financing a sustainable response to the HIV epidemic in Africa will require home grown and innovative solutions that meet the needs of the African people.

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Indian partnership launches call for action against drug-resistant TB

26 January 2012 - New Delhi - In response to reports of highly drug-resistant TB cases in Mumbai, the Partnership for TB Care and Control in India has launched a call to action for a nationwide scale up in the TB response.

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis: What it is, why it’s here, and how we should respond

In the evolutionary arms race between human and bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis appears to be pulling ahead.

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