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MULTIDRUG RESISTANT TB CAN BE CONTROLLED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

With multidrug resistant tuberculosis seemingly prepared to sweep the country, should we all avoid air travel and barricade ourselves at home?  No, says David Bishai, a TB expert at Johns Hopkins and one developer of a new model designed to predict spread of the disease.

BISHAI:  The model it’s not doom and gloom.  It’s kind of like the prophet Jonah where if you do the right thing you’ll be okay.  The right thing to do is to focus on the countries where MDR TB is brewing control their TB epidemics.  All you really have to do is make sure whenever you diagnose a case of TB you follow that case up and give it the right treatment.  Our worst case is countries that do a lot of case finding but don’t do the management properly.  That’s what brews any type of resistance including tuberculosis resistance.    :32

Bishai says international cooperation is required to stem spread of the disease.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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