Scientists Solve a Deadly TB Mystery

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Scientists Solve a Deadly TB Mystery

Post by auntiebi0tic » Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:46 pm

In 2005 and 2006, 53 patients who checked into a rural South Africa hospital turned out to be infected with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). The bacterium proved impervious to antibiotics, ultimately killing 52 of the patients.

This outbreak in Tugela Ferry, KwaZulu-Natal province, was the largest ever reported for XDR TB—and the primary strain involved currently accounts for nearly 80 percent of such infections in the province

more at https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... b-mystery/


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