Deadly ‘Superbugs’ Pose a Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says

 

Yesterday, I read with interest Donald McNeil Jr’s article in the New York Times, entitled Deadly ‘Superbugs’ Pose a Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says.

I quickly wrote a letter to the Times arguing that the omission of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) from the W.H.O’s list of ‘superbugs’  was a serious oversight. TB is spread by the airborne route, unlike the other pathogens listed, which are predominantly spread by contact. It is the #1 infectious killer globally.

We will see if the Times publishes my letter.

I suggest you learn about this issue and consider writing to Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, the W.H.O. assistant director general who released the list. The list must be urgently revised to include TB.

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