Should we prepare to protect ourselves from the new super-resistant TB strain?

  1. Your thoughts and concerns, please.

    Here's the article link and a portion of the article:

    Super-Strain Of TB Found In S. Africa

    Doctor: Drug-Resistant Form Of Tuberculosis Has Killed 52 People, Likely To Spread



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    TUGELA FERRY, South Africa, Sept. 6, 2006

    AP) A particularly drug-resistant tuberculosis discovered in eastern South Africa is likely to have spread beyond the rural area where 52 of the 53 people first diagnosed with the new strain have died, the doctor who discovered the super bug said.

    The extent of the new outbreak is unknown because tests are expensive and specialized. Dr. Tony Moll identified the strain in tests carried out at King George V Hospital in Durban, the provincial capital about 150 miles southeast of Tugela Ferry, where Moll works at a government hospital.





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    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...Health_1979976
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  3. by   indigo girl
  4. by   suebird3
    Scary, isn't it?

    Suebird
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I mentioned this in another thread but I'm reading a great book about infectious diseases called:

    "The Woman With A Worm In Her Head & Other True Stories of Infectious Disease" by Pamela Nagami, M.D.

    It is really fascinating - I am amazed we are not all dead from infectious disease.


    steph
  6. by   VeryPlainJane
    In Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, where there has been a resurgence of tuberculosis, cases of the extreme drug-resistant variant are rising fast.

    http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle...271e44fc4.html
  7. by   TinyNurse
    Thanks for the article! This is pretty scarey.
  8. by   azhiker96
    I haven't been able to find it but I remember seeing an article a year or two ago about the prophylactic use of antibiotics in Africa to decrease the mortality rate of those who are HIV positive. I thought at the time that's a really good way to grow a super bug. Here it comes.
  9. by   HARRN2b
    We talked about this in micro class today!!
  10. by   indigo girl
    http://http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/e...ry_hl=7&itool=

    A new study showing some positive results.
  11. by   indigo girl
    I don't know what happened to my link in the post just above this. Oh well...

    Here's another issue with regards to protecting the public. I don't pretend to know what the right answer is:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/...996612,00.html

    Effect Measure commentary on public health preparedness:
    http://scienceblogs.com/effectmeasur...ublic.php#more
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jan 26, '07
  12. by   Simplepleasures
    I wonder if a day will come in this country when , in order to staff units with theses types of deadly illnesses, there will have to be some sort of "combat pay" offered. Seems like these virulent strains of virises, germs, etc. are killing off the healthcare workers. Maybe that is why the state oversight agencies are starting to emphisize emergency preparedness more than ever, better late than never I guess. Hope its not too little too late though.
  13. by   oramar
    Article says they are short of funds to do proper testing, WHO needs to get funds to them. Won't be able to fight it unless all information is avaliable.
  14. by   indigo girl

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