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Tag: tuberculosis

March
21st

TB: Emerging threat needs US attention

Re: “More tuberculosis cases in Washington state” (thenewstribune.com, 3-20).

The article cited, seemingly in passing, that there were two cases of drug-resistant TB in Washington state in 2013 and that “drug-resistant TB can pose a public health threat.”

In fact, an extremely drug-resistant TB called XDR-TB has now been identified in at least 77 countries, including the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security has called this lethal form of the disease an “emerging threat to the homeland.” This airborne disease is easily contagious to anyone in close proximity to the infected person.

A new rapid test for TB called

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Jan.
19th

AID: Global Fund threatened on its 10th birthday

A young boy hands a bundle to a woman in the streets of Nairobi. Amazingly, it contains his baby sister. Both of his parents have died of AIDS. He is afraid his sister will die because he is also not feeling well.

I heard this story as a part of a conference call with Jeffrey Sachs, one of the founders of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The story illustrates the desperate need for health care in Africa, which the Global Fund has been striving to provide for the last 10 years.

The Global Fund has seen

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