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WHO calls for five year plan to tackle multidrug resistant tuberculosis

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1414 (Published 03 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1414
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    Health ministers and delegations from more than 30 countries have issued a call to action to fight multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB).

    Unless drug resistant cases are more effectively diagnosed, controlled, and treated, they will impose a huge economic burden and eventually replace drug susceptible strains of the disease, warned delegates at the ministerial meeting of high M/XDR TB burden countries in Beijing, China, from 1 to 3April.

    Of the estimated nine million cases of tuberculosis in 2007, more than 500 000 were caused by multidrug resistant strains, according to an estimate in the World Health Organization’s 2009 report on tuberculosis drug resistance. …

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