Drug Resistant Tuberculosis On The Rise

A chest X-ray from a patient with tuberculosis (TB) in Lira, Uganda. Uganda is one of 22 countries accounting for roughly 80% of new TB cases each year. Credit: J. Matthews/Panos

Back in 2005, doctors at a remote hospital in the village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa, were puzzled when patients with HIV, who were initially responding well to antiretroviral drugs, began rapidly dying from tuberculosis.

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War of the Badgers Erupts in England

A cull of badgers starts next week in the UK to curb high rates of bovine tuberculosis. Image: A. Rouse/naturepl.com

The issue at hand is that the common badger, Meles meles, one of the largest predators left in the British Isles, while loved by the public, is a bane to farmers, as they infect cattle with bovine tuberculosis. The disease could cost the UK government $1.6 billion in control measures and compensation over the next decade.

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Tuberculosis Resistance to Backup Drugs Increases


According to a new study, more than 40% of tuberculosis infections that are resistant to front-line antibiotic treatments have also become resistant to some common backup drugs. Efforts to control tuberculosis are being hindered by the emergence of multi drug-resistant (MDR) strains, making it harder to combat.

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Highest Recorded Rates of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis


Today the World Health Organization has released an updated report on the situation of drug-resistant tuberculosis around the world, and it’s reporting that drug-resistant TB rates are the highest ever recorded.

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Earliest Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Strains Were First Detected in Italy


Contrary to what was previously believed, the earliest cases of the Totally Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TDR-TB) were not the current 12 known cases reported in Mumbai or the 15 cases in Iran from 2009, but rather two middle-aged women from Italy, who died several years after first contracting the disease.

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