New Tuberculosis Strains Totally Resistant To Antibiotic Treatment Now Prevalent In India
Concern is prevalent over drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis bacilli (TB) growing and now noted thriving in India with similar ‘incurable’ TB emerging in Italy and Iran.
It has been reported for the first time by Indian doctors that 12 patients had a ‘totally drug resistant’ form of the infection, and three have died.
Normally a patient with TB is given a six to nine month course of antibiotics to eradicate it.
However, new strains of the bacterium have developed which are increasingly resistant to the antibiotics most commonly used to treat it.
The Indian reports will fuel concerns over the ability of doctors to contain the disease in years to come.
Most patients came from slum areas of the city, they said, where close contact between people meant further spread was likely.
The doctors at the Hinduja National Hospital in Mumbai who discovered it said they had treated patients for up to two years with a battery of drugs, to no avail.
Dr. Ruth Mcnerney, a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a trustee of charity TB Alert, said the new cases represented a ‘serious threat’ to global efforts to control TB.
She said the high prevalence of TB in India, coupled with high population density within its cities, meant that the new type of TB could be a bigger problem than previous ‘totally resistant’ strains.
The American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that the Indian strain did appear to be completely resistant.
Patients who do not finish their lengthy course of treatment also present the bacterium with the perfect environment for developing further resistance.
Hence, there have been repeated calls for the pharmaceutical industry to make more efforts to develop fresh antibiotics.
- Overuse Of Antibiotics Breeds Resistance To TreatmentPatients are facing an ‘unthinkable scenario’ where infections become ‘untreatable’ due to resistance to antibiotics,...
- New Strands Of Gonorrhea That Infects Millions Yearly Is Becoming Resistant To All Antibiotics – WHONeisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes Gonorrhea, is developing new strands resistant to every treatment....
- If Bacteria Start To Resist Common Antibiotics, Every Antibiotic Developed Is At Risk Of Becoming Useless – ExpertThe world is now confronted with an antibiotic crisis, bacteria carried by humans are becoming...
- What You should Know About AntibioticsAntibiotics have been used to fight bacterial infections for over seventy years. Almost everyone has...
- Do The Gypsies Originate From India?It was German scientist Heinrich-Moritz Gottlieb Grellman, who has pioneered the idea about origin of...
|Print article||This entry was posted by Affleap on January 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm, and is filed under Health Issues. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.|