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The Rise of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) should be a thing of the past, something only our elders feared and died of. However, TB is still one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about a third of the world’s population is infected with the organism that causes TB - mycobacterium tuberculosis. Nonetheless, only 10% of those infected will go on to develop TB, with the majority of cases likely to occur within two years. Over the course of a year,

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Tuberculosis in the Pacific Island Countries

On a global scale, the burden of TB in the Pacific is relatively small, but in some Pacific Island Countries, for example, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and Solomon Islands, their individual case notification rates are higher than the average notification rate of 95 per 100000 population in the Western Pacific Region (Global tuberculosis report 2017, WHO).

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