Britain's First Case of Extreme Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Confirmed by Glasgow Hospital
March 21, 2008
A Somali man in his 30s has been diagnosed with the United Kingdom's first-ever case of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) and is receiving treatment at Glasgow's Gartnavel General Hospital. It is believed the man was in the process of claiming political asylum when his previously treated TB infection relapsed. Health authorities have been called in and are notifying and testing those potentially at risk of infection.
"XDR-TB is no more infectious than ordinary TB, but does require different treatment," said Dr. Oliver Blatchford, a consultant at the Greater Glasgow and Clyde National Health System public health unit. "The contacts of this case are being screened in the same way as ordinary TB contacts and will be monitored closely to ensure that any further cases are identified early and treated quickly."
03.21.2008; Aiden Jones, Sarah Boseley
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