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Jan. 20, 2017: Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

CDC Around the World: News, Web, & SOcial Media Updates From the CDC Center for Global Health

Jan. 20, 2017

Spotlighted Topic of the Week: Drug-Resistant TB


A Lifetime Committed to Eliminating One of the World’s Deadliest Disease

The quest to cure tuberculosis (TB) is more than 15,000 years old. The tubercle baccilus was discovered by Robert Koch, MD, in 1882. From that initial discovery we have made dramatic strides in the diagnosis and treatment of this ancient disease. But it has only been in the past 70 years that we have developed effective anti-TB drugs to treat the nearly 10 million people around the globe who still fall sick to this disease every year… Read blog

Read how one CDC expert is fighting XDR TB around the world


XDR-TB is the deadliest and most dangerous strain of tuberculosis

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XDR-TB Infographic


TB Unmasked – Searching for Solutions

US CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden knows the global TB crisis from firsthand experience. With perspectives from Dr. Frieden, Uvi, Shelly, Susheela and Vivian, we examine the urgent need to protect our healthcare workers from the diseases they work to treat. There is more that we can do now, but the only permanent solution is the creation of an effective TB vaccine. Watch video

Video: TB Unmasked with CDC Director

Story of the Week

South African Study Provides Compelling New Evidence on Role of Person to Person Transmission in Drug-Resistant TB Epidemics

A joint Emory/CDC/NIH study published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is spreading primarily from person-to-person in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The study builds on a growing body of evidence showing that person-to-person transmission is a key driver of the spread of drug-resistant TB in some countries with high burden of disease… Read story

South African Study Provides Compelling New Evidence on Role of Person to Person Transmission in Drug-Resistant TB Epidemics

CDC Zika Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

Zika affected countries map

On January 22, 2016, CDC activated the Incident Management System and, working through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), centralized the response to the outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated response efforts to a Level 1 activation, the highest response level at the agency.

CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to

  • Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
  • Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
  • Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
  • Monitor and report cases of Zika, which will helps improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.

More resources on the CDC Zika website »

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