First Case of Highly Drug-Resistant TB Found in US
Published: Dec 28, 2009
Examiner -- The first case of highly drug resistant TB has been confirmed in the United States. The victim, 19 year old Oswaldo Juarez, has been quarantined in a Florida TB sanatorium. Although there have been only two cases in the world to date, health officials have long dreaded the possibility of a drug resistant strain of tuberculosis because of the extremely contagious nature of traditional TB. Every time a TB patient coughs, they spread the risk of contracting this deadly germ to everyone around them.