Items tagged with TB epidemiology

Despite progress, tuberculosis persists in West European cities (post)

Tuberculosis is becoming concentrated among immigrants, drug addicts, and the poor and homeless in Western Europe's big cities despite progress in reducing national rates of the disease, experts said on Friday.

Public Health England study examines spread of MDR-TB (post)

Public Health England published study results in The Lancet on Tuesday that showed tuberculosis most commonly spreads between people with a history of drug use and within ethnic communities.

Documentary on TB in Swaziland: Return of the Plague (post)

18 March 2014 - In the southern African nation of Swaziland, around a quarter of all adults are now HIV positive. With so many now living with compromised immune systems, tuberculosis, which had been in decline for decades, has made a dramatic comeback. Now it has a foothold once more, new mutations are evolving fast, meaning the disease threatens the lives of the healthy as well as those with HIV.

Thailand: Thousands with TB lack treatment (post)

A third of tuberculosis (TB) sufferers in Thailand are not receiving proper treatment, increasing the risk of spreading the disease and their chances of becoming resistant to multiple treatment drugs.

TB successes and challenges in U.S. reflect those abroad (post)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recognizing next week’s World TB Day with a report documenting continued progress against tuberculosis at in the United States, along with an troubling trend. The progress: the 3.0 cases per 100,000 people reported in 2013 (9,588 new cases) represents a more than 4 percent drop from 2012. The troubling part is that progress still is not shared equally: while incidence also dropped among foreign-born people in the United States, it is not dropping as fast as it is for those born in the United States. That means that the proportion of the impact of tuberculosis on people born outside of the United States is increasing, with their rate of the disease about thirteen times that of people born here. With TB elimination defined as less than one case per 100,000 people, the goal of eliminating tuberculosis in the United States remains unreached.

Videos: Tuberculosis, a killer disease (post)

All you need to know about Tuberculosis, explained in six short web clips. Click here to watch the videos.

TB in the United States (post)

In advance of World TB Day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2 new studies, one summarizing the latest national TB surveillance data for 2013, the second looking at the toll of drug-resistant TB in the U.S.

Pakistan: Some success: Treating tuberculosis with the food basket incentive (post)

KARACHI: Faces all around you are covered by masks, even your own, because the moment you enter the area you are handed a mask.

Web tool highlights ongoing impact of tuberculosis in the United States (post)

ROCKVILLE, MD – March 24, 2014 -- The tuberculosis epidemic continues to impact pockets of the U.S. population, according to a data visualization tool developed by the nonprofit biotech, Aeras. Launched on World TB Day, Aeras’s TB Crisis Tracker illustrates how the TB epidemic continues to impact the U.S.

New childhood tuberculosis estimates double the number previously thought (post)

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston have estimated that around one million children suffer from tuberculosis (TB) annually— twice the number previously thought to have tuberculosis and three times the number that are diagnosed every year. The researchers also estimated that around 32,000 children suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) annually.  These findings are published in The Lancet on March 23, 2014. 

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