March 19, 2013- The risk of a public health nightmare seems to be growing quickly. That is because it has been discovered that drug resistant tuberculosis is becoming a worldwide problem.
That’s the information that was released earlier today by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said that without expanded treatment global gains in fighting the dread disease “can be easily lost.”
It’s worth noting that the number of tuberculosis cases diagnosed and treated around the world has been down somewhat significantly in recent years.
However, the bacteria that is responsible for tuberculosis is once again developing rapidly and that, along with the fact that available drugs are no longer effective in fighting this disease, is a problem that can explode at any time.
There are currently about twelve or so prescription medications that exist specifically to treat people with tuberculosis. At this time the disease is resistant to every one of them.
Worse yet, while medical science has done a better job in recent years controlling it (until recently) tuberculosis still kills one million four hundred thousand people annually.
There is a shred of good news. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug last year that appears to be effective fighting tuberculosis.