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Global tuberculosis levels plateau while extensively drug resistant strains increase

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39167.416319.DB (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:659
  1. Anne Glusker
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organization has issued a report announcing that levels of global tuberculosis have reached a plateau, while at the same time warning that extensively drug resistant tuberculosis and the confluence of HIV and tuberculosis remain urgent public health concerns.

    “There is both good news and bad news, and they are connected,” says Mario Raviglione, the director of WHO's Stop TB campaign. “The positive is that the incidence, per capita, is declining. The disease may have reached its peak. But the bad news is that the decline is slow, too slow.”

    WHO has been striving to meet two …

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