Tuberculosis Channel
Topics & Medications
Related Channels

Drug-Resistant TB

Exposure to Drug-Resistant TB

People who have spent time with someone sick with drug-resistant TB can become infected. If they have a positive skin test reaction, they may be given medicine to keep them from developing drug-resistant TB. This is very important for people who are at high risk of developing it, such as children and HIV-infected people.


Cases of drug-resistant TB have declined sharply in the United States over the past decade. In 2003, the most recent year for which there is resistance rate reporting, 114 individuals were reported with multidrug-resistant TB -- a 76.5 percent decline since 1993. Of these individuals, 28 were born in the United States, and 86 were born in other countries.
Multidrug-resistant TB is extremely difficult and costly to treat; it has been estimated that one case can cost up to $1.3 million.

Tuberculosis Disease

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.