, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on the scale of the tuberculosis problem in China:
National Survey of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in China
China has a serious epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis. MDR
tuberculosis is linked to inadequate treatment in both the public health
system and the hospital system, especially tuberculosis hospitals;
however, primary transmission accounts for most cases.
The most alarming facts are the extent of drug-resistant strains and a number of news outlets picked up on this story, for example Reuters and the the New York Times.
(O)ne in 10 Chinese patients newly diagnosed or
recently treated for TB had a drug-resistant strain of the
highly contagious lung disease.
Around 0.5 percent of new cases - equating to 5,000 people a
year - were diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant TB, which
experts say is almost incurable.