Health agencies say drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis remain a killer in Europe | News | DW.DE | 17.03.2015

As many as 1,000 people a day contract tuberculosis and newer, more drug-resistant strains mean the disease is becoming more difficult to treat.

“MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB) is still ravaging the European region, making it the most affected area of the entire world,” Zsuzsanna Jakab, the World Health Organization’s regional director, said Tuesday.

Globally, TB in different strains killed around 1.5 million people in 2013 and the WHO warned last year of “crisis levels” of MDR-TB.

The latest report – a collaboration between the WHO and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control – found infection rates falling in some high-priority countries, while the disease is fighting back in other low-incidence countries.

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