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Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Popping Up All Over The World

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If you've been thinking about panicking lately, but haven't really had a good reason to, we'll be happy to give you one: there is a form of drug-resistant tuberculosis showing up all over the world.

Just great!

There is an alarming level of the lung disease tuberculosis in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America that are resistant to up to four powerful antibiotic drugs.

Here's what one of the researchers said:

"Most international recommendations for TB control have been developed for MDR-TB prevalence of up to around 5 percent. Yet now we face prevalence up to 10 times higher in some places, where almost half of the patients … are transmitting MDR strains."

The shizzy part of this is that TB is already a worldwide pandemic that in 2010 infected 8.8 million people and killed 1.4 million of those who were infected.

If you look at the data that anyone with active TB can easily infect another 10 to 15 people a year, it's not hard to believe it when the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that more than 2 million people will contract MDR TB by 2015.

This is not good at all.

Obviously we want to tell you all to be healthy and stuff, but sometimes it's just unavoidable if you're in a third-world country without access to the proper medical treatments.

In that case, we hope someone figures this out fast.

[Image via AP Images.]

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