MultiDrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Will Kill 75 Million People

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The drug-resistant world is upon us, and that’s not a good thing; not at all. According to an article in the Huffington Post, over the next 35 years, a multidrug-resistant form of tuberculosis could kill 75 million people and cost the world $16.7 trillion. That would shrink the world’s economy by .63 percent.

“The rising global burden of multidrug-resistant TB and other drug-resistant infections will come at a human and economic cost which the global community simply cannot afford to ignore,” economist Jim O’Neill said in a statement.

O’Neill, a former chief at investment bank Goldman Sachs, was appointed last year by British Prime Minister David Cameron to head a review into antimicrobial resistance.

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The bacteria that cause TB can develop resistance to drugs used to cure the disease. Multidrug-resistant TB fails to respond to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the two most powerful anti-TB drugs, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UK parliamentary group in charge of the study claim that 40% of all Tuberculosis cases are now resistant to the first line of drug treatment. This is a man-made issue but of course, will doctors or pharmaceutical companies be held responsible?

With 480,000 new cases in 2013, the WHO has listed this as a crisis. It is considered to be an issue caused by Tuberculosis patients taking the wrong drugs or “failing to complete their treatment.” The group in charge is urging governments to take heed and be proactive in the face of what could be a potentially devastating scenario. Tuberculosis is the second deadliest infectious disease next to HIV. Tuberculosis is spread through coughing and sneezing. Pharmaceuticals haven’t been able to pass through a vaccination to deal with the lung version of the disease. In 2013, 1.5 million people died from TB.

We recently posted an article on the antibiotic resistance apocalypse. We need to wake up and realize the devastation being caused in our world by pharmaceuticals and a good amount of doctors.

From the WHO: The bacteria that cause TB can develop resistance to drugs used to cure the disease. Multidrug-resistant TB fails to respond to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the two most powerful anti-TB drugs, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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