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Detection and treatment of multidrug resistant TB in India remains low

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5414 (Published 03 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5414
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Only 6% of the estimated 66 000 cases of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in India in 2011 were detected, and only 5% of these patients were enrolled in second line treatment programmes, a study has found.

Although enrolment to treatment programmes of people in India with MDR-TB improved by over 50% a year between 2009 and 2011, the number of people being treated is still low in a country with one of the highest burdens of MDR-TB, says the report in Lancet Infectious Diseases.1

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is considered to be multidrug resistant when the strain is no longer sensitive to …

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