TB, Other Drug-Resistant Diseases On Rise In US

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Drug-Resistant Diseases

Tuberculosis and pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease affect patients in a similar way, as both damage lungs and are frequently drug-resistant.

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In light of recent media attention surrounding Andrew Speaker, the Atlanta man diagnosed with extensive drug- resistant tuberculosis, NTM Info & Research is throwing its support behind the American Lung Association's call for increased funding of TB and also calls for funding of pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease.

In recent years there has been a marked increase in severely drug-resistant strains of both TB and NTM across the United States. NTM has an environmental source and affects many more Americans than does TB. Pulmonary NTM, currently believed to be far more prevalent than TB within the United States, is commonly found in water and soil in the U.S., and is considered to be more drug-resistant than most TB.

As you continue to monitor the story of the XDR TB patient, please consider including more information in your reports regarding these issues - it would be of great service to your readership and to the general public.

NTMir is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed by patients with pulmonary NTM disease, in cooperation with their physicians.

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