CDC introduces action plan to combat tuberculosis
The plan aims to address the TB strain that is resistant to common first-line drugs used to treat TB cases. The plan will incorporate surveillance and outbreak-related monitoring, a system to alleviate drug shortages and therapy for those cases that are difficult to treat.
"The White House’s National Action Plan is a critical step to combat MDR TB," a CDC representative said. "CDC sends our doctors, nurses and scientists to the front lines to find, cure and prevent TB before it develops resistance to last-line antibiotics -- so we can eliminate deaths from this curable disease."
The CDC reports that TB resulted in approximately 1.5 million deaths -- from approximately 10 million cases -- in 2014. The report indicates that the toll of MDR TB has a significant burden on society and on economics.
The CDC estimates that, unchecked, the illness could kill approximately 75 million people and cost the global economy approximately $17 trillion by 2050. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 500,000 MDR TB cases were reported globally in 2014.
The CDC supports programs nationally and internationally in order to facilitate TB prevention and treatment.