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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Eyecatchers-194: Teen's sore eyes refuse to heal, docs find it's drug-resistant TB

Teen's sore eyes refuse to heal, docs find it's drug-resistant TB
TNN | Updated: Sep 24, 2017, 05:36 IST


MUMBAI: When Nerul teenager Rani's (name changed) `sore eyes' didn't heal for over 15 days, little did her parents imagine that multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) could be the cause. Rani didn't have any of the symptoms associated with TB--coughing, breathlessness or loss of weight--except for some dark red lesions in both her eyes, said her parents.

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TB has re-emerged as one of the biggest public health challenges in India, claiming 3 lakh lives every year or one life every two minutes. Mumbai is referred to as the epicentre of the deadly drug-resistant TB in which patients show resistance to two or more known anti-TB drugs; treatment involves newer antibiotics that are expensive.

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Grateful thanks to The Times of India

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