Experts issue joint statement to help Americans understand radiation-related health risks

September 12, 2017

Also on Friday, the WHO and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) released a report warning about an increase in MDR-TB cases in Europe "and the persistence of TB among children," the Guardian's "Global Health Blog" reports (Boseley, 3/18).

"According to data from the WHO's European office, reported rates of TB have been falling in Europe since 2005 with a regional average of 36.8 notifications per 100,000 population in 2009," Reuters writes. "But notification rates of newly detected and relapsed TB cases in 18 high-priority countries remain almost eight times higher than in the rest of the region, the WHO data show," according to the news service.

"Vulnerable populations, including children, still do not have ready access to quality and timely diagnosis and treatment," the WHO-ECDC report stated, the news service writes. "This remains a matter of urgency given the high prevalence of multi- and extensively drug-resistant TB in the region," the report notes (3/18).

"Global Health Blog" notes that the WHO regional office is working with partners to create a "five-year plan" to tackle the issues identified in the report (3/18).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.