13year-old Mumbai girl loses battle against drug-resistant tuberculosis

The teenager was one of the 12 patients identified with the severe form of TB. They were initially labelled as TDR-TB cases by Hinduja Hospital in Mahim, triggering the biggest public health debate in the country in January this year. A central team had flown down to Mumbai thereafter and ruled that the patients had XXDR-TB and not TDR-TB.

Three of the 12 patients died in January. The remaining were put on complete free treatment by the Central Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme. "We have been in constant touch with these patients,'' said Dr Mini Khetrapal, the city's first TB control officer. At present, the BMC is taking care of six of the XXDR patients who live in Mumbai. Two others live outside the city.

The family of the teenager, whose identity has been withheld by civic officials, is now being monitored for TB, said officials. "She died over three weeks ago and we have found no sign or symptom of the disease in her immediate family members,'' said another high-ranking BMC official.

The storm over TDR-TB ended in January-end with the Centre doubling TB funds for Mumbai, often referred to as the country's TB capital.

Many public health officials said the TDR-TB debate worked well for Mumbai as patients now have easy access to drugs and treatment. The BMC has got the best diagnostic machines. "We have 625 patients on multi-drug resistant treatment,'' said Dr Khetrapal.

Hinduja Hospital's Dr Zarir Udwadia, whose letter to Clinical Infectious Diseases journal on TDR-TB brought TB back into public health focus, said, "We have data of 15 patients with this severe form.'' He said one of the patients who met him last week is doing extremely well.


Source : http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-03/mumbai/32005298_1_tdr-tb-xxdr-tuberculosis      2012/6/21

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