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CleverToad  Jan 18, 2016 • 2:26:59pm

Both of my folks worked in TB research in the late 40’s through the early 60’s. First I heard of antibiotic resistance was my dad talking about it in the 70’s — he was concerned about it from the early days of the research. As my mom still says, when you apply the antibiotic to the petri dish, what you see growing again are the resistant ones.

Old germs, and old sins like the Tuskegee study, will continue to haunt us. New sins like the anti-vaxxers who’ve never seen an iron lung in operation aren’t helping either.

Joe Bacon  Jan 18, 2016 • 3:45:12pm

I used to volunteer on weekends in the Los Angeles Skid Row missions until drug resistant TB started to spread there. This is what happens when Republicans push their anti-science agenda!

majii  Jan 18, 2016 • 6:16:41pm

re: #2 Joe Bacon

What their supporters seem to be incapable of understanding is that there are/can be serious consequences associated with undermining the government. All of Alabama’s politicians in Congress voted against the ACA, and those in the AL legislature have refused to expand Medicaid. I believe that if they’re asked what their plan is to deal with this tuberculosis outbreak in Marion, one of the first things they’ll do is offer prayers to those affected by it, and follow this up by blaming the CDC or HHS for the outbreak.

Anymouse  Jan 18, 2016 • 10:37:18pm

I had the displeasure of coming down with tuberculosis when I was in the US Navy in the Eighties. I apparently contracted it during a port visit in Africa.

That said, there was no TBXDR back then; the Navy treated me with INH and Rifampin for a year.

Distrusting the medical care system on something like this could be fatal. Prayer (particularly in a church) would only spread it.

TB is particularly hard to treat due to patient compliance - taking drugs for a year is awfully difficult to monitor. (In the military it is not too hard since the military has an eye on you all the time, but in the civilian community it would be nigh-impossible).

Note how long it took what is now the American Lung Association to stamp it out in the USA. It took a massive education campaign, and even then the disease did not completely disappear.

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