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FRANCE: French Authorities Fear Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis from Eastern Europe


Euronews (01.25.13) Aids Weekly Plus

French hospitals have been treating many multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) patients from Eastern Europe. According to the French Health Department, there were 92 MDR TB cases in 2012, 64 in 2011, and 40 in 2010. As of September 2012, data from France’s National Reference Centre indicated that only five of the 92 MDR TB cases in 2012 were French patients. However, authorities are concerned about the risks of MDR TB transmission to French citizens. The last review in France indicated that most cases were from former Soviet Union countries such as Chechnya, Russia, and Georgia. Also, there was a slight increase in patients from Asia, including China and India.


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