CDC Director Tom Frieden Fears Drug Resistant TB Will Lead To World Wide Epidemic

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In an interview with Huffington Post, Dr. Frieden the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) allays fears that drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) will lead to World Wide epidemic if not urgently controlled. The World Health Organization reported that TB has now topped HIV/AIDS as the leading infectious disease killer in the world. Frieden said that “it is shameful that today the leading infectious cause of death in the world is a disease that’s nearly 100 percent curable.”

Frieden calls for urgent intervention and a global attention to curtail the spread of the disease. He argues that “TB anywhere can be TB everywhere,” and warns that further neglect to deploy necessary interventions will make the disease more difficult to control, which will mean more people infected around the world. He further stressed that “drug resistant tuberculosis knows no borders, and we risk turning the clock back on antibiotics and making it very difficult for us to stop tuberculosis from spreading around the world”. To read the full interview, click here.

 

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