DNA: Daily News & Analysis (India) (01.06.13)
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in India, reported that the city of Mumbai has a total of 24 patients with extra extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XXDR TB). Hinduja Hospital diagnosed the first 12 patients with this strain of TB in January 2011. Six of these patients died during the year; 18 more cases have been diagnosed. Dr. Mini Khetrapal, the municipal corporation’s TB officer, said that the 24 diagnoses include patients from Hinduja Hospital who are being treated by the Revised National TB Programme; these patients are doing well. According to Khetrapal, as soon as the news of this strain of drug-resistant TB became known, the government made the disease a “notifiable” one, so that any private hospital or clinic that diagnosed a patient with XXDR TB had to report it to the health authorities. BMC is planning to purchase another GeneXpert device to detect drug-resistant TB. This will be used in Govandi, a slum area where people are more susceptible to the disease.