A new model study estimates that Russia is likely to have a major issue by 2040 due to increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB). However, this looming threat can be managed to a certain extent if the country is prepared to tackle the issue in advance. The current number of cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) in Russia is already appalling and if this number were to rise, it is sure to create a serious problem. Although technological advancements and innovations in the medical field have led to the detection of this disease much in advance as well as given rise to effective treatment, the new model predicts that Russia will be struck by MDR strains on a massive scale.
India, South Africa, Philippines, and Russia to Witness Increase in Number of MDR TB Cases
It has been found that almost 40% of the global drug-resistant mycobacterium tuberculosis infections occur in South Africa, Russia, the Philippines, and India. The modelers suggested in the Lancet Infectious Diseases that MDR strains will become more common in the aforementioned countries. India will see one in 10 cases and Russia and the Philippines will see one in three cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Infection to be the Most Likely Cause for New Cases of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis
The modelers further state that almost 10% of these cases are expected to be extensively drug-resistant strains, that is complicated in terms of treatment and requires injections as part of treatment, which can be very painful. The study also stated that most of the new cases TB will be due to infection as opposed to new mutations which can occur among people due to lack of effective treatment.