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Latest tuberculosis statistics are a “wake-up call for all governments to act immediately”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1614
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The incidence of drug resistant tuberculosis has reached a record level, becoming a serious threat to global health, the World Health Organization has warned.

    In 2008 there were an estimated 9.4 million new cases of tuberculosis and 1.8 million deaths. Of these, multidrug resistant tuberculosis was responsible for 440 000 cases and 150 000 deaths. However, only 7% of cases of tuberculosis are accurately diagnosed, says WHO’s latest report on multidrug and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB).

    India and China account for half of all cases of multidrug resistant disease, while in parts of Russia almost a quarter of cases of tuberculosis are now resistant to drugs.

    No official estimates have been made of the number of extensively drug resistant …

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