WHO Global Task Force outlines measures to combat XDR-TB worldwide - Meeting Report now available
Countries, WHO and partners to mobilize response teams to confront extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis
Dr Anders Nordström, WHO's Acting Director-General, endorses WHO support for countries.
17 OCTOBER 2006 | GENEVA -- Health experts have confirmed that the emergence of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) poses a serious threat to public health, particularly when associated with HIV. At its first meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Task Force on XDR-TB also outlined a series of measures that countries must put in place to effectively combat XDR-TB. In addition, the Task Force will help mobilize teams that can respond to requests for technical assistance from countries, and be deployed at short notice to XDR-TB risk areas.