Drug-resistant TB: A Growing Global Health Threat

By Jon Lomøy and Mark Dybul
Voices, 29 March 2017

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Tuberculosis, a disease that has affected the poor for millennia but that has mostly dropped from sight in upper-income countries, kills more than 1.8 million people a year around the world. While global health partners have made great progress toward halting the disease, drug-resistant forms of TB are threatening to undo those gains. Deaths from drug-resistant TB now account for about one-third of all antimicrobial resistance deaths worldwide and the resistant strains are spreading, presenting a potentially catastrophic risk to global health security.

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