new deadly form of TB spreading to South Africa, is now found in the rich countries of Europe, as well as in Canada and the United States.This is stated in the report of the World Health Organization, published on Thursday, 22 of March.
large percentage of the African population suffering from AIDS, is especially dangerous, as the carriers of a dangerous mutation of tuberculosis called XDR-TB, which is characterized by high resistance to various drugs.This form of tuberculosis was recorded in 35 countries, 16 of them - this year.
About two billion people worldwide are living with TB.This disease is transmitted by droplet infection, but usually treatable with inexpensive drugs.But if the disease is not identified in time and do not start treatment, it can mutate into strains resistant to drugs.
In 2005, about 9 million people, victims of tuberculosis, 1.6 million died from the disease.Approximately the same rates were recorded in the previous year.The epidemic is concentrated mainly in Asia and Africa,
new mutated strain of tuberculosis was observed in wealthy countries such as the USA, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Sweden and in the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union.
In industrialized countries, the number of cases XDR- TV increased in 2005 from 3% to 11%, according to WHO information without specifying the exact number of victims.While this deadly strain has been found effective treatments.