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Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis.

Published
17 December 2014
From
TB Europe Coalition
Johnson & Johnson announces collaboration between Janssen and USAID to expand access to anti-multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) compound

Memorandum of Understanding signed to address the global health threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Published
12 December 2014
From
PR Newswire
Drug-resistant infections could lead to 10 million extra deaths a year – report

The stark figures, published on Thursday, and believed to be the first to quantify the potential impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – drug-resistant infections or superbugs – will be used to make the case to global leaders that urgent action is needed. To put the figures in context there are currently 8.2 million deaths a year from cancer and annual global GDP stands at $70tn to $75tn, with the UK figure around $3tn.

Published
11 December 2014
From
The Guardian
Xpert TB Takes Twice Longer Than Standard TB Test In HIV+ Of Durban

Xpert MTB/RIF testing for pulmonary tuberculosis in a central lab took twice longer than sputum smear microscopy among HIV-positive patients with suspected pulmonary TB in Durban, South Africa. The authors believe Xpert results in “operational delays that limit the test's clinical utility for diagnosing pulmonary TB” in their patients.

Published
09 December 2014
From
International AIDS Society
The Next Big Epidemic: The Wave of Tuberculosis

In the midst of the current widespread Ebola outbreak, we have to stop and think. What is the next epidemic – and are we already facing it? Even though tuberculosis is treatable, it is spreading rapidly, taking the lives of over 1.5 million people each ...

Published
05 December 2014
From
Saporta Report
European HIV response "falling behind" as Eastern European epidemic grows

HIV diagnoses have increased by 80% in the European region since 2004, and three quarters of new HIV diagnoses in the European region are occurring in Eastern

Published
05 December 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
Sanofi: FDA Approves Priftin Tablets To Treat Latent Tuberculosis Infection

French drug maker Sanofi announced Tuesday that Priftin (rifapentine) tablets for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Published
02 December 2014
From
RTT News
Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?

As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB. "Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."

Published
20 November 2014
From
CNN
One third of TB cases in Eastern European HIV clinic survey multi-drug resistant

Around one-third of people living with HIV in Eastern Europe who were diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) had multidrug-resistant TB, according to the findings of a global

Published
05 November 2014
By
Alain Volny-Anne
TB activists call for a bigger piece of the pie from the Global Fund

Today (October 31) TB activists interrupted the plenary session at the 45th Conference on Lung Health, calling on the Global Fund and partners to increase the amount of funds allocated to TB without jeopardizing funding to HIV and malaria and other diseases.

Published
04 November 2014
From
TB Online
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