Over 25 percent of tuberculosis cases in Ukraine are multi-drug resistant, and can’t be treated by antibiotics such as Rifampicin. The healthcare system is overstretched, meaning patients are often treated in cramped quarters.
Global drugmakers say they will clean up factories making antibiotics and take steps to curb overuse to fight the increase in drug-resistant superbugs. The UN is also planning a high-level meeting on the problem.
The World Health Organization's yearly TB report is not exactly bursting with good news. Too many people still die of the curable disease and countries aren't spending enough money to fight it.
If you're in hospital, take care - take very good care. A new study suggests the risk of hospital infections is higher than that of a number of global infectious diseases together, including HIV and flu.
With drug-resistant strains of bacteria jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and few new treatments on the horizon, scientists are looking to nature for answers.
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