The Return Of Tuberculosis

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    Dec 20, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324296604578178314246581852.html

    “We cannot be safe in the U.S.” while drug-resistant TB is an “epidemic in the rest of the world,” said Barbara Seaworth, medical director of the Heartland National TB Center in San Antonio. Outbreaks are “absolutely” possible in the U.S., said Dr. Seaworth, who has treated hundreds of patients with drug-resistant strains.

    Tuberculosis, an airborne disease characterized by the coughing of blood, is one of the world’s great killers. In some developing countries, drug-resistant strains are rampant. A doctor in India this year startled the global health community by finding patients carrying a particularly dangerous strain—one all but incurable. The Wall Street Journal in November detailed how long-standing global strategies for fighting TB have unintentionally helped make the disease harder to cure.

    Most drug-resistant cases are imported into the U.S. by foreigners arriving from places where the disease rages. Of 124 multidrug-resistant cases in 2011, 106 were in foreign-born individuals, the CDC says. Most cases are in California and Texas, many along the border with Mexico. Cases come from Mexico, Vietnam, and India, among others. The U.S. doesn’t vaccinate against TB because there is no vaccine considered widely effective for adults.
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    Dec 20, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Dec 21, 2012...it's starting. icon_eek.gif
  • Sportsfan1

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    Dec 20, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    This is scary. Proves that evolution is real. These drug resistant strains prove the adage "survival of the fittest". We need to be on guard at all times.
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    Dec 20, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    I know there is a light at the end of this tunnel....
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    Dec 20, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    Ya know if people would take their full prescriptions of antibiotics till they run out (as intended) and not stop when they feel better, it actually decreases the likelihoodthey will become resistant.

    We used to use penicillin far too often to cure things and its catching up, sometimes the best cure for something is sleep, a good diet, proper exercise and if you need it, some simple medications ibuprophen, acetaminophen etc.

    TB has been around for years! It's not going anywhere, question is are we?
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    Dec 21, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    I blame everyone who's pro-immigration. How's that for a reply, Riddler? icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    credo saidI blame everyone who's pro-immigration. How's that for a reply, Riddler? icon_lol.gif


    LOL. At that rate we'll have to blame everyone who's pro-foreign leisure and business travel too. icon_lol.gif

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    Dec 21, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidGeez, I think of the incurable strains of chlamydia and gonorrhea and now incurable TB. Not sure what's going to happen globally but this doesn't look good. Human health is going down the drain.

    You left out malaria - the mosquitoes are here, and with climate change, are spreading farther north. We just need someone to bring in one of these treatment resistant forms of malaria, get bitten by some mosquitoes, and then it's off to the races.
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    Dec 21, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    JRaRJ saidI know there is a light at the end of this tunnel....
    Yeah but it's a high powered laser light that'll burn through your eyes and fry your brain if you look directly at it.
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    Dec 22, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidGeez, I think of the incurable strains of chlamydia and gonorrhea and now incurable TB. Not sure what's going to happen globally but this doesn't look good. Human health is going down the drain.



    Zithromax was effective for gonorrhea until some who would engage in anonymous sex started prophylaxing themselves with Zpacks.

    One club in NYC was selling the prescription drug illegally. Now American gonorrhea is about 50% resistant .

    Going back to the injectable Ceftriaxone has helped . We had less of a problem with resistance when we were using sustained release penicillins.

    As soon as the STD treatments went oral, we had a problem.

    When we turn antibiotics over to the public in a oral form it is more problematic.
  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 22, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    Some old killer diseases like smallpox seem to have been defeated, but others, like tuberculosis and malaria never went away.
    The microbes haven`t been on this planet three billion years plus ahead of us without learning one or two survival tricks!
  • stratavos

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    Dec 23, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said^ Ugh....

    <---crawling under a rock now in order to hide from it all....!


    you can do it!

    on a sidenote.,... I've yet to make TB on my copy of "Palgue Inc.", on my phone... but I was successful in mimicking swine flu! icon_biggrin.gif