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Tuberculosis

14 September 2011

Drug-resistant TB spreading in Europe

When Anna Watterson lost more than 10Kgs and developed a cough she couldn't shake, she was afraid she'd caught some mysterious disease.

When Anna Watterson lost more than 10 kg and developed a cough she couldn't shake, she was afraid she'd caught some mysterious disease.

The WHO released a new plan to fight the disease across Europe that aims to diagnose 85% of all patients and treat at least 75% of them by the end of 2015. Only about 32% of patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis in Western Europe are properly treated; many stop taking their medicines before the treatment course is finished, allowing the bug to develop resistance.

 

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