Thursday, September 6, 2012

Drug-resistant TB is a big concern in India

Simon Denyer has an article on p. A23 of the Thursday Sept. 6 Washington Post about increased attention by the government of India to tuberculosis in the country, as drug-resistant strains mount.

The link for the story is here

In some communities, the government has enforced programs of supervision making sure that patients take medication even when symptom free.  Incomplete medication may contribute to the development of drug resistant strains, which don’t respond to any known antibiotics.

In developed countries, tuberculosis usually remains asymptomatic in people with completely intact immunity, but tends to occur with HIV, chemotherapy, various tumors, and sometimes in extreme age.  It can greatly complicate custodial care of elderly who may have been exposed in much earlier generations. 

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