Drug resistant tuberculosis soars in eastern Europe.
Multidrug resistant tuberculosis in parts of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is 10 times as common as in most parts of the world, a new report from the World Health Organization said this week. The report, which is WHO's third on drug resistant tuberculosis, contains new data obtained from the WHO/IUATLD (International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease) Global Project on Anti- Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Surveillance. Speaking at the report's launch in London this week, Dr Paul Nunn, coordinator of tuberculosis, HIV, and drug resistance at the Stop TB department of WHO, said: "We see about nine million cases worldwide every year and about two million deaths." He said: "This report . . . covers 77 geographic settings, most of which are countries—except in certain instances like China, where several settings are in one country. Thirty nine of the settings are new, and 67 657 cases were tested. (excerpt)