n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - TB or XDR TB, should that be the question? : debate

Volume 2007, Issue 26
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The emergence and recognition of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in South Africa led to a wave of panic fuelled by media hype. The response was predictable: meetings, circulars and finally a seven-point emergency action plan. Fortunately (TB) replicates slowly, as very little seems to have happened in the 5 months since the proposal of the seven-point plan.

The seven-point emergency action plan for XDR TB is based on the seven-point plan devised for MDR TB in the 1990s. The emergence of XDR TB is a consequence of the earlier planâ??s failure. Are we doing any better this time?

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