Monday, January 09, 2012

Be afraid . . .

BE VERY, VERY AFRAID. WIRED has a disturbing report: "India Reports Completely Drug-Resistant TB". Not good. TB is difficult to treat at the best of times.

Over the past 48 hours, news has broken in India of the existence of at least 12 patients infected with tuberculosis that has become resistant to all the drugs used against the disease. Physicians in Mumbai are calling the strain TDR, for Totally Drug-Resistant. In other words, it is untreatable as far as they know.

Total drug resistance. Nothing works. Untreatable. Marvelous. It's the ideal Republican/Conservative Party disease: it primarily afflicts the poor, and it kills.

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