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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

India : Madya Pradesh reports first drug-resistant tuberculosis case

Via Times of India :

The state has recorded its first case of the most feared form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. 

Doctors at the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD), Delhi, confirmed the case as extensively drug resistant or XDR-TB on August 30. 

The victim is a 13-year-old girl from Gwalior. She had already undergone preliminary tests at the Delhi-based institute. Earlier in May, she was admitted and placed under quarantine at TB Hospital in Bhopal. 

"She stopped responding to multidrug-resistant(MDR) treatment sometime back and we sent her samples to NITRD suspecting XDR-TB. Since May, she has been tested positive twice and on August 30 she was confirmed as a XDR-TB patient," said TB hospital superintendent Ajay Khate."

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