TB may resist, but it can be beaten

TB-1We've shared information about what you should know about Tuberculosis, as well as Tuberculosis safety and information. This is an important matter, since TB threatens to kill 75 million people. Now the CDC tells us how we can beat this killer.

With a half million new cases each year, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is spreading around the globe. The world must act decisively. There can be no delay. That is why on Dec 22 President Obama announced the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis -

The National Action Plan

Worldwide, only 1 in 5 people with MDR-TB get appropriate treatment. And only half of those treated are cured.

In our increasingly interconnected world a health threat anywhere is a health threat everywhere. This is particularly true for MDR-TB. The National Action Plan addresses the MDR-TB threat both in the U.S. and overseas. It has three major goals:

  • Fight MDR-TB at home. We must make sure that every person in our country with TB gets appropriate treatment and that those who have been in close contact with infectious TB patients are monitored and, when necessary, also treated.
  • Fight MDR-TB abroad. The U.S. is investing in broader access to diagnosis and treatment, engaging with providers in the most highly affected communities and countries, and developing innovative health technologies. We must accelerate accountable programs to diagnose and effectively treat every patient, for their sake and the world’s.
  • Speed up research and development of new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat TB and MDR-TB.

The National Action Plan dovetails with major efforts already underway. For example, the Global Health Security Agenda, launched in 2014, aims to improve all nations’ ability to find, stop, and prevent disease outbreaks. More than 70 countries have joined the United States in this internationally-led effort.

And in March 2015, the White House announced the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, strengthening efforts to slow the emergence and spread of treatment-resistant diseases such as MDR-TB.

Read more at CDC: We can stop drug-resistant TB – if we act now

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