Editor: José A. Caminero
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, May 2013
In recent years, Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB) has become a growing threat to global public health, a threat that has generated fear not only in the scientific and medical communities, but also among the general public. The primary message which must be delivered to everyone responsible for managing TB cases is that for all forms of DR-TB, cure is possible with optimal clinical and operational case management, including for those patients with a very long-standing pattern of resistance. Obviously, the chances for success are clearly reduced as the patient’s patterns of resistance increase. This is why urgent action is needed.