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.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Some good news from China about TB
A BBC article reports: