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Dr. Lee Reichman responds to TB and Haiti crisis

Last week, a story in the NY Times explored the emerging threat of drug-resistant TB spreading in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

On Sunday, Feb 14, the NY Times published in a letter to editor from Dr. Lee Reichman, MD, MPH (Professor and Executive Director, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute) in response to the original article. Dr. Reichman provides greater context to drug-resistant TB as a global health threat, and articulated the important role new TB drugs will play in controlling and preventing drug-resistant TB.

” But the point that urgently needs to be raised is that these multiple and extensively drug-resistant TB strains are already increasing globally even in the absence of major disasters.

Propagation of drug-resistant strains always occurs because of neglected or inappropriate basic TB control practices. Obviously, these situations are magnified by a major disaster such as you describe in Haiti. But these can be fixed by political will, resolve and financing.”

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