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India must stop 'irrational' TB treatments: MSF

Published on Mar 23, 2014 12:09 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India must stop its doctors from prescribing "irrational" treatments to cure tuberculosis, medical humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Saturday, warning the practice is increasing drug-resistant strains of the disease.

India is already home to the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) sufferers globally with two million cases every year and drug-resistant strains are on the rise, MSF said in a statement ahead of World TB day on Monday.

TB patients in India face a potentially "grave risk of developing drug-resistant TB due to irrational prescribing practices", MSF said.

While huge strides have been made in controlling TB worldwide, the emergence of deadly strains that cannot be cured with existing medicines has turned the illness into one of the globe's most urgent health concerns.

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