Sunday, August 01, 2004

Some good news from China about TB

A BBC article reports:

China sees success tackling TB

The number of TB cases has fallen by a third in parts of China where WHO-approved treatment programmes have been implemented.

The data was published in the medical journal The Lancet and suggests China could significantly cut TB as part of a wider global effort.

Almost 1.5 million people are newly diagnosed with TB each year in China - more cases than in any other country except India - a number very likely to increase.

The WHO-approved DOTS ("directly-observed treatment, short-course") scheme relies heavily on health workers who ensure patients take their antibiotics properly, as they often stop treatment too early increasing the chances of drug resistance.

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