Items tagged with TB epidemiology
Return of the 'White Plague': Fears over the rise of 'incurable' TB (post with simple image)
"The disease has reached a public health emergency in South Africa. We treat 8,000 cases of resistance a year and now a chunk of those have developed resistance beyond XDR-TB - incurable TB."
TB in Romania: mapping the needs (post with simple image)
The Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation and the Association for MDR-TB Patients Support conducted in February – March a survey among Romanian TB and MDR-TB patients, their families and specialists working in the field, in order to pinpoint the patients’ social, psychological and medical needs. The survey report was published in June and it shows the main needs reported by patients or identified by the professionals who work with them.
Experts call for tuberculosis to be named public health emergency in Papua New Guinea (post with simple image)
Health experts are calling for tuberculosis (TB) to be declared as a public health emergency in Papua New Guinea after a seven-month study into TB infection rates found that many people in rural areas are dying from the disease without ever being diagnosed.
Outdated approaches fuelling TB in Russia, say NGOs (post with simple image)
TB is a major health threat in Russia, where it is the leading infectious disease killer. The country has the highest rates of MDR-TB and XDR-TB in Europe and the third highest in the world. It also has the 11th highest burden of all TB in the world.
Fighting tuberculosis: Western myths and Belarusian reality (post with simple image)
Research indicates that post-Soviet migrants account for a mere 1.7% of TB incidence across the EU border. Portraying migrants from post-Soviet states as diseased may contribute to their already negative perception in Western Europe and will further strengthen prejudice against this group.
Fifteen years after war, Timor-Leste must ready itself for a new fight (post with simple image)
Rofino’s children look on anxiously as their father, all skin and bones, coughs away on his bed, his breath fluttering and weak. The 45-year-old has had tuberculosis for six years, and in early June was admitted to hospital after a spell of coughing up blood. Sharing the TB ward with him at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili are five smear-positive patients; in a neighboring ward, many more await test results.
Harsh Vardhan launches India's first 'National Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey' (post with simple image)
In the wake of multi-drug resistant (MDR)-TB cases increasing in India, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today launched India's first National Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey, India 2014-15 here today (Sept 6).
Childhood TB webinar: What's in a number? Two recent reports estimating childhood TB cases (post with simple image)
The webinar, organized by the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, will review 1) a 2014 report estimating global childhood TB disease incidence, including multidrug-resistant TB; 2) a 2014 report estimating childhood TB infection and disease in high TB-burden countries; and 3) practical implications for clinicians and other child health advocates.
Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic (post with simple image)
Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis. The situation, Mrs Kanarovskaya continued, is complicated by an acute shortage of doctors and nurses of TB profile, as well as a critical situation in Ukraine’s health care in general. The growing workload on health workers is accompanied by more and more TB cases being detected among physicians.
Tuberculosis genomes track human history (post with simple image)
From the dawn of agriculture to the fall of the Soviet Union, major events in human history have left marks in the DNA of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). A study of nearly 5,000 samples of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from around the world shows how a lineage of the bacterium that emerged thousands of years ago in Asia has since become a global killer that is widely resistant to antibiotic drugs.
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