Russia is on the verge of a super tuberculosis outbreak.

Pravda Online says experts have discovered a new deadly culture of tuberculosis, which cannot be treated with existing medications;

“high death-rate among people with tuberculoses from the former Soviet Union has to do with people’s weak immune systems. Also, we noticed that such widespread of tuberculosis coincides with the overall rise of AIDS, which has already turned into a real epidemic in Russia.”

They explain the correlation this way: once an organism's immune system has already been weakened by AIDS, "it becomes susceptible to tuberculosis in general and to the new culture in particular".
In the UK, experts say tuberculosis has has a four-fold increase in parts of London over the last 10 years. In 2002, more than 6,800 cases of TB were recorded in England and Wales. In the 1980's, there were only 20 such cases.
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The super-tuberculosis, however, was man-made. Medical News Today said researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, US, was trying to alter the disease's genetic structure. Instead, the organism grew in virulence and developed into a mutant that multiplied more quickly, and was more lethal.

Patient Zero was a European?It was in Holland that the first six cases of super TB have been detected. Investigators believe all six of those people were in contact with the same person from Eastern Europe. After further examinations of this particular individual, doctors concluded that he had been indeed the carrier of the new type of tuberculosis.
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Tuberculosis, the ancient but preventable disease has continued to thrive "unnoticed" in developing countries. 

Time says:
In 2006, 9.2 million more people were diagnosed with the disease, almost exclusively in the developing world, and 1.7 million people died from it...

5% of this total are said to be drug-resistant "fueled by both the surge in H.I.V./AIDS and health systems that have ignored the threat of TB for too long".
[Posted in JOURNEYIST]

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