The Global Rise In Drug-Resistant Strains Of Tuberculosis

The Global Rise In Drug-Resistant Strains Of Tuberculosis

One million children worldwide contract tuberculosis every year, twice as many as previously thought. And drug-resistant strains of the airborne disease are growing. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges of diagnosing and treating tuberculosis.

One third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis. That means every time you take a subway, taxi or board a plane, chances are you're coming into contact with TB. While the number of tuberculosis cases reported in the U.S. is on the decline, in less developed countries the disease never went away and is getting worse. A new study finds that 1 million of the 8 million new infections each year are in children -– twice as many as previously thought. And worse yet, more than 30,000 of those children have drug-resistant strains of TB. Diane and her guests discuss the global health challenge of treating tuberculosis.

Guests

Jezza Neumann

producer, writer and director of the Frontline documentary, "TB Silent Killer."

Dr. Anthony Fauci

director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ann Ginsberg

chief medical officer of Aeras, a non-profit biotech firm working to advance the development of new tuberculosis vaccines.

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