Mumbai: India’s slow response to years of medical warnings now threatens to turn the country into an incubator for a mutant strain of tuberculosis (TB) that is proving resistant to all known treatments, raising alarms of a new global health hazard.
“We finally have ended up with a virtually untreatable strain” of TB in India, said Dr Zarir Udwadia, one of the country’s leading TB authorities.
In December, Dr Udwadia reported in a medical journal that he had four TB patients resistant to all treatment. By January, he had a dozen cases, then 15.
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–The Wall Street Journal
Shreya Shah contributed to this article.